metapsychology

noun

meta·​psy·​chol·​o·​gy ˌme-tə-sī-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce metapsychology (audio)
: speculative psychology concerned with postulating the structure (such as the ego and id) and processes (such as cathexis) of the mind which usually cannot be demonstrated objectively
metapsychological adjective

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First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metapsychology was in 1868

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“Metapsychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metapsychology. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

metapsychology

noun
meta·​psy·​chol·​o·​gy ˌmet-ə-sī-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce metapsychology (audio)
plural metapsychologies
: speculative psychology concerned with postulating the mind's structure (as the ego and id) and processes (as cathexis) which usually cannot be demonstrated objectively
metapsychological adjective
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