One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a philosophical question’
theoretical, analytical, rational, metaphysical, logical, reasoned, esoteric, scholarly, erudite
2‘in a philosophical mood’
thoughtful, thinking, reflective, pensive, meditative, musing, contemplative, introspective, prayerful, cogitative, ruminative, brooding, broody, serious, studious, solemn, dreamy, dreaming
3‘training officers have learnt to be philosophical about such mishaps’
calm, composed, cool, collected, cool, calm, and collected, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, placid, stoical, impassive, sober, dispassionate, detached, unemotional, phlegmatic, unperturbed, imperturbable, equable, unruffled, patient, forbearing, long-suffering, tolerant, accommodating, indulgent, easy-going, even-tempered, restrained, fatalistic, unexcitable, resigned, rational, logical, realistic, practical
North American informal nonplussed
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