no·​mo·​log·​i·​cal ˌnä-mə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce nomological (audio)
: relating to or expressing basic physical laws or rules of reasoning
nomological universals

Word History


nomology "science of physical or logical laws" (probably borrowed from French nomologie "science of laws governing the mind," from Greek nómos "custom, convention, law" + French -o- -o- -O- + -logie -logy) + -ical — more at nomothetic

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nomological was in 1845

Dictionary Entries Near nomological

Cite this Entry

“Nomological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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