To be philosophical is to stay detached and thoughtful in the face of a setback, or to approach a tough situation in a level-headed way. When his girlfriend left him, Bernard was philosophical: "If she loves me, she'll return."

In ancient Greece, philosophy literally meant a love of knowledge and wisdom. In modern times, the field of philosophy is more specifically the study of how we think through problems. Great philosophers have all sorts of theories about how and why we think and act the way we do, but the word philosophical often just means that you choose to be more thoughtful and look at the 'big picture' when dealing with challenges.

Definitions of philosophical
  1. adjective
    of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
    philosophical writing”
    “a considerable knowledge of philosophical terminology”
    synonyms: philosophic
  2. adjective
    characterized by the attitude of a philosopher; meeting trouble with level-headed detachment
    philosophical resignation”
    synonyms: philosophic
    unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
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