id·​i·​o·​graph·​ic ˌi-dē-ə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce idiographic (audio)
: relating to or dealing with something concrete, individual, or unique
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Examples of idiographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, nothing about this idiographic method actually prevents the historian from comparing one event to another. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of idiographic was in 1899

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“Idiographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


id·​io·​graph·​ic ˌid-ē-ə-ˈgraf-ik How to pronounce idiographic (audio)
: relating to or dealing with the concrete, individual, or unique compare nomothetic
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