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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
qua•si /ˈkweɪzaɪ, -saɪ, ˈkwɑsi, -zi/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
quasi- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "as if, as though.'' It is attached to adjectives and nouns and means "having some of the features but not all;
almost the same as:a quasi member.
almost the same as:''quasi-scientific, quasiparticle, quasi-stellar.
(kwā′zī, -sī, kwä′sē, -zē),USA pronunciation adj.
virtual:a quasi member.
a combining form meaning "resembling,'' "having some, but not all of the features of,'' used in the formation of compound words:quasi-definition; quasi-official;quasi-scientific.
- independent use of quasi-
- Latin quasi as if, as though, equivalent. to qua(m) as + sī if
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quasi- combining form
Etymology: from L., lit: as if
- almost but not really; seemingly: a quasi-religious cult
- resembling but not actually being; so-called: a quasi-scholar