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psychology

noun psy·chol·o·gy \-jē\

: the science or study of the mind and behavior

: the way a person or group thinks

plural psy·chol·o·gies

Full Definition of PSYCHOLOGY

1
:  the science of mind and behavior
2
a :  the mental or behavioral characteristics of an individual or group
b :  the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity
3
:  a theory or system of psychology <Freudian psychology> <the psychology of Jung>
psy·chol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Examples of PSYCHOLOGY

  1. She studied psychology in college.
  2. the psychology of an athlete
  3. the psychology of crowd behavior
  4. We need to understand the psychologies of the two people involved in the incident.

Origin of PSYCHOLOGY

New Latin psychologia, from psych- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1653

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
PSYCHOLOGIES Defined for Kids

psychology

noun psy·chol·o·gy \sī-ˈkä-lə-jē\

Definition of PSYCHOLOGY for Kids

:  the science that studies the mind and behavior
Medical Dictionary

psychology

noun psy·chol·o·gy \-jē\
plural psy·chol·o·gies

Medical Definition of PSYCHOLOGY

1
:  the science of mind and behavior
2
a :  the mental or behavioral characteristics typical of an individual or group or a particular form of behavior <mob psychology> <the psychology of arson> b :  the study of mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity <color psychology> <the psychology of learning>
3
:  a treatise on or a school, system, or branch of psychology
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