The definition of metaphysics is a field of philosophy that is generally focused on how reality and the universe began.(noun)
An example of metaphysics is a study of God versus the Big Bang theory.
See metaphysics in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < ML metaphysica, neut. pl. < Gr (ta) meta (ta) physika, lit., (that) after (the) physics (in reference to location after the Physics in early collections of Aristotle's works)
See metaphysics in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From pl. of Middle English methaphisik
Origin: , from Medieval Latin metaphysica
Origin: , from Medieval Greek (ta) metaphusika
Origin: , from Greek (Ta) meta (ta) phusika, (the works) after the Physics, the title of Aristotle's treatise on first principles (so called because it followed his work on physics)
Origin: : meta, after; see meta-
Origin: + phusika, physics; see physics.
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