qua·si 1 /'kwā-ˌzī, -ˌsī; 'kwä-zē, -sē/ adj [Latin, as if, as it were, from quam as + si if]: having such a resemblance to another thing as to fall within its general category
a quasi corporation
quasi 2 adv: in some significant sense or degree
— often used in combination
quasi- fiscal see also quasi-judicial, quasi-legislative

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective almost, imitation, mock, mostly, near, not entirely, pseudo, pseudonymous associated concepts: quasi civil action, quasi contract, quasi corporation, quasi crime, quasi criminal, quasi criminal proceeding, quasi derelict, quasi easement, quasi estoppel, quasi fee, quasi guardian, quasi in rem, quasi individual, quasi judicial officer, quasi jurisdictional facts, quasi legislative agency, quasi lien, quasi municipal corporation, quasi partnership, quasi party, quasi powers, quasi proceedings, quasi public corporation, quasi remainder, quasi trustee II adverb almost as, apparently, as if, as though, as though it were, in a certain sense, in a manner, in name only, just as, seemingly but not actually, to a certain extent III index imitation, IV index pendent V index spurious, synthetic

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(Latin) Almost, as if; apparently but not actually; seemingly.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

'as if'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

(kwah-zee, kway-zeye) From the Latin for "as if," almost, somewhat, to a degree. Quasi is always used in combination with another word and refers to things and actions which are not exactly or fully what they might appear, but are treated "as if" they were. (See, for example: quasi-community property, quasi contract, quasi corporation, quasi-criminal, quasi in rem, quasi-judicial)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Latin Alike in some sense, but not in actuality; resembling something but not really being it; nearly; almost like.
@ quasi contracts
@ quasi criminal
A proceeding similar in nature to a criminal trial in that the defendant, if he loses, will be subject to penalties such as fine, loss of job, or confinement, yet it is not a criminal trial presided over by a judge. A parole hearing or a probation hearing are two examples of such.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

(Latin: Almost as it were; as if; analogous to.)
In the legal sense, the term denotes that one subject has certain characteristics in common with another subject but that intrinsic and material differences exist between them.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

[Latin, Almost as it were; as if; analogous to.] In the legal sense, the term denotes that one subject has certain characteristics in common with another subject but that intrinsic and material differences exist between them.
II As if; having the character of.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

[kway-zeye, kwah-zee]
adj., adv.
   from Latin for "as if," almost, somewhat, to a degree (always used in combination with another word). Quasi refers to things and actions which are not exactly or fully what they might appear, but have to be treated "as if" they were.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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