Meaning of QUASI in English


I. |kwāˌzī; also -äzē, -āˌsī, -äsē; sometimes -āzē, -ȯzē, -ȯsē; or -i instead of -ē adverb

Etymology: Latin, from quam than, how, as + si if — more at quantity , so

1. : as if : as it were : in a manner : in some sense or degree : seemingly , almost

the legatee was quasi an heir — O.W.Holmes †1935

— usually joined to second element with a hyphen

a quasi -historical narrative

quasi -universal literacy

the quasi -diamond-shaped mouthpiece — William Yeomans

served quasi -officially

2. |kwäzē, -i

[Italian, from Latin]

: in effect

andante quasi allegro

: approximately

quasi largo

— used to qualify a musical direction

II. adjective

1. : having some resemblance (as in function, effect, or status) to a given thing : seeming , virtual

a quasi argument

its economic power gave it a position of quasi government — Fritz Tarnow

in dance band orchestrations, the arranger develops into a quasi composer — Claude Lapham

— often joined to second element with a hyphen

a quasi -shawl

quasi -republicanism

2. : having a given legal status only by operation or construction of law and without reference to any intent of the party in interest (as the obligee or owner)

quasi crime

a quasi trustee

a quasi right

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