quasi- Word Origin See more synonyms for quasi- on Thesaurus.com

  1. a combining form meaning “resembling,” “having some, but not all of the features of,” used in the formation of compound words: quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; quasi-scientific.

Origin of quasi- Latin quasi as if, as though, equivalent to qua(m) as + sī ifCan be confusedpseudo- quasi- Related Words for quasi- professed, surface, appearing, illusive, illusory, ostensible, outward, specious, quasi- British Dictionary definitions for quasi- quasi- combining form

  1. almost but not really; seeminglya quasi-religious cult
  2. resembling but not actually being; so-calleda quasi-scholar

Word Origin for quasi- from L., lit: as if Word Origin and History for quasi-

word-forming element used since 18c. (but most productively in 20c.) and typically meaning “kind of, resembling, like but not really, as if;” from Latin quasi “as if, as it were” (see quasi).

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