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There are three evils: the metaphysical, the physical, and the moral.

I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.

These three stages are the Theological, the Metaphysical, and the Positive.

Nay, what does history yet record of the metaphysical annals of man?

He was rather a great judge of metaphysical power than a metaphysician.

There are other indirect 375 benefits derived from metaphysical study.

The lesson which may be gathered from words is not metaphysical or moral, but historical.

The study has passed from the metaphysical into an historical stage.

What is the metaphysical being who prevents me from slaying myself?

I thought I had left this excellent man in a metaphysical bog.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "pertaining to metaphysics," from methaphesik (late 14c.) + -al, and in part from Medieval Latin metaphysicalis, from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). It came to be used in the sense of "abstract, speculative" (e.g. by Johnson, who applied it to certain 17c. poets, notably Donne and Cowley, who used "witty conceits" and abstruse imagery). Related: Metaphysically.

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