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Definition: 1. free from physical desire (as in love); 2. referring to Plato and his philosophies

Synonyms: non-physical, intellectual, spiritual, wholesome, pure, non-lustful

Antonyms: amorous, sensual

Tips: The word platonic comes directly from the Greek philosopher Plato. The meaning of "non-physical love" is the most commonly used today. It originated from Plato's writings of Socrates about the kind of love Socrates had for the youth of Greece; it was a spiritual, non-physical love.

Usage Examples:

Although Mark and Susie spent a lot of time together, their relationship was strictly platonic. (wholesome, nonphysical)

The philosophy professor liked to teach Platonic principles to her students. (of Plato)

Even though it was strictly platonic, many couldn't accept the professor's close relationship with one of his female students. (non-sexual, intellectual)

I'm happy that our friendship is a platonic one; sex would only complicate it. (non-sexual, non-lustful)

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