Philosophy {Merriam Webster Dictionary}

phi·​los·​o·​phy | \ fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fē  \

plural philosophies

Definition of philosophy

all learning exclusive of technical preceptsand practical artsarchaic c
pursuit of wisdombc
a system of philosophical conceptsb
the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or groupb

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Examples of philosophy in a Sentence

There's plenty of blame to go around: poor regulation, eight years of a failed Republican economic philosophy, Wall Street-friendly Democrats who helped stymie reform, misguided bipartisan efforts to promote home ownership, Wall Street greed, corrupt CEOs, a botched rescue effort, painfully fallible central bankers.— Daniel GrossNewsweek9 Mar. 2009Broadly speaking, philosophyhas three concerns: how the world hangs together, how our beliefs can be justified, and how to live.— Jim HoltNew York Times Book Review15 Feb. 2009
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Recent Examples on the WebTrue to Henson's scalp-first philosophy, TPH's core products are scalp-specific treatments, including a wash, conditioner, serum, and scrub.— Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Taraji P. Henson Turned A Beauty Faux Pas Into Target’s Hottest New Hair-Care Line," 29 Jan. 2020Featuring Jessica Riskin, Stanford history professor and Jean-Paul Gimon director of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and Justin Smith, philosophy professor at the University of Paris 7.— SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Politic and rationality, Trump’s testing of America," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of philosophy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for philosophy

Middle English philosophie, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophia, from Greek, from philosophos philosopher

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“Philosophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philosophy. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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philosophy

 noun

English Language Learners Definition ofphilosophy

the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.
a particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.
a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live

philosophy

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phi·​los·​o·​phy | \ fə-ˈlä-sə-fē  \
plural philosophies

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