inkblot test


: any of several psychological tests (such as a Rorschach test) based on the interpretation of irregular figures (such as blots of ink)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The premiere is something of an inkblot test. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2021 This is not to re-litigate Gurianov’s play, which tends to resemble an inkblot test. Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2022 Brewer shows me —views from the side, back, and top—look like a cross between a nice, fat slice of sausage and a Rorschach inkblot test. David Ewing Duncan, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2019 The three may have combined to produce post-sunset skies on the western horizon that seemed to represent a sort of meteorological inkblot test. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2022 The Rorschach inkblot test was in use, as were the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a 567-item questionnaire, and the Thematic Apperception Test, developed by the Harvard psychologist Henry Murray. Benedict Carey, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 The final element in Albert’s in-take as a study subject included a Rorschach inkblot test administered on May 11, 1944., 14 May 2022 The broad sweep of Harari’s writing, which encompasses the prehistoric past and a dark far-off future, has turned him into a bit of a walking inkblot test. David Marchese, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2021 Norman was then put through a Rorschach inkblot test, a type of psychological assessment that has the test taker describe what the inkblots look like to them. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 6 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inkblot test was in 1928

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“Inkblot test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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inkblot test

: any of several psychological tests (as a Rorschach test) based on the interpretation of irregular figures (as blots of ink)

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