psy·​cho·​his·​to·​ry | \ ˈsī-kō-ˌhi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) \

Definition of psychohistory

: historical analysis or interpretation using psychological and psychoanalytic methods also : a work of history using such methods

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psychohistorian \ ˌsī-​kō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ noun
psychohistorical \ ˌsī-​kō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​i-​kəl How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ adjective

Examples of psychohistory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foundation tells the story of Hari Seldon and his followers, who use the futuristic science of psychohistory to plot their course through a galactic dark age and preserve scientific knowledge. WIRED, "‘Foundation’ Has One of the Best Sci-Fi Concepts Ever," 2 Oct. 2020 Around the same time, the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series of novels, premised on the idea of a science of psychohistory. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Simulating Democracy," 22 Sep. 2020 The crime: applying psychohistory to predict the future—specifically, to predict a very bad future for the Galactic Empire. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Apple gives us our first glimpse of Foundation, adapted from Asimov series," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of psychohistory

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychohistory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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