he·​don·​ic | \ hi-ˈdä-nik \

Definition of hedonic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by hedonism

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Other Words from hedonic

hedonically \ hi-​ˈdä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Fed also use hedonic adjustments for inflation, meaning that official measurements of gross domestic product and productivity are also massively understated. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "The Canard About Falling Incomes," 3 June 2018 Rather than a raunchy account of hedonic excess, the real drama resides in Simon’s struggle to maintain his creative mojo. Steve Almond, BostonGlobe.com, "Songs of insecurity and of experience," 23 May 2018 Without pleasure, the behaviour is no longer a hedonic one. Desiree Kozlowski, CNN, "Hedonism is good for your health," 12 Sep. 2017 All are polished, even understated—much more laid-back than their creator—but also hedonic, complex enough to enrapture the connoisseur and fleshy enough to appeal to the sensualist. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "This Upstart Aristocrat Is Climbing Into the French Wine-Producing Elite," 6 Nov. 2015 Istvan, by contrast, had come to transhumanism from a more secular, hedonic background. Mark O’connell, New York Times, "600 Miles in a Coffin-Shaped Bus, Campaigning Against Death Itself," 9 Feb. 2017 The scientists were interested in the activation of the striatum, an area rich in dopamine neurons and involved in the processing of hedonic rewards. Jonah Lehrer, WIRED, "Why Making Dinner Is a Good Idea," 11 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of hedonic

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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he·​don·​ic | \ hi-ˈdän-ik \

Medical Definition of hedonic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of hedonism or hedonists

Other Words from hedonic

hedonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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