characterological

adjective

char·​ac·​ter·​olog·​i·​cal ˌker-ik-t(ə-)rə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce characterological (audio)
ˌka-rik-
: of, relating to, or based on character or the study of character including its development and its differences in different individuals
characterologically adverb

Examples of characterological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For reasons that seem more wishful and political than characterological, Tessa gets her voice back. Jesse Green, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2023 Unspooling his fascination with the politician produces a hypnotically discursive exploration of assimilation’s toll and its characterological tendencies — namely, a knack for compartmentalization and code switching. Alice McDermott, New York Times, 22 June 2022 Rue is supposedly our emotional center, and the show uses her suffering as a vector to telegraph characterological fullness, but these attempts often feel unsatisfying, partly because the show is unable to pick a consistent tone. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 In 2016, Hillary Clinton went after Trump on characterological grounds. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2020 These characterological attitudes are highly heritable — about 50 percent heritable. Sigal Samuel, Vox, 8 July 2019 His contempt for democratic norms is characterological. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, 17 Mar. 2018 The issue is less characterological than philosophical. Alaska Dispatch News, 29 July 2017 But even in those cases, the evasiveness is often a characterological window in itself, fodder for analyzing the journey of politicians’ self-presentation. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, 26 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

characterology study of character

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of characterological was in 1903

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“Characterological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/characterological. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

characterological

adjective
char·​ac·​ter·​olog·​i·​cal ˌkar-ik-t(ə-)rə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce characterological (audio)
: of, relating to, or based on character or the study of character including its development and its differences in different individuals
characterologically adverb
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