psychological

adjective
psy·​cho·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce psychological (audio) \
variants: or less commonly psychologic \ ˌsī-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce psychologic (audio) \

Definition of psychological

1a : of or relating to psychology
b : mental
2 : directed toward the will or toward the mind specifically in its conative function psychological warfare

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Other Words from psychological

psychologically \ ˌsī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychologically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for psychological

Synonyms

cerebral, inner, intellectual, interior, internal, mental

Antonyms

nonmental

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Examples of psychological in a Sentence

a psychological rather than a physical condition suffered from psychological disorders all of his life

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Blumenthal also cited the psychological problems that could be exacerbated by weight-loss marketing messages. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Connecticut Senator Calls for Investigation into Detox Teas Sold by ‘Celebrity Influencers’," 5 June 2019 A year earlier, a West Virginia man with psychological problems was sentenced to time served after calling in a bomb threat. Washington Post, "Protester scales Statue of Liberty’s base, forces evacuation," 6 July 2018 A year earlier, a West Virginia man with psychological problems was sentenced to time served after calling in a bomb threat. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Statue of Liberty protester is immigrant active in resisting Trump policy," 5 July 2018 A year earlier, a West Virginia man with psychological problems was sentenced to time served after calling in a bomb threat. Jennifer Peltz And Jake Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Statue of Liberty climber leads to evacuation; 6 arrested after hanging 'Abolish ICE' banner," 4 July 2018 Bears rescued from farms arrive here with immense psychological and physical problems, some too weak to walk or climb after lifetimes in cages. Author: Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "From hemorrhoids to hangovers: Bear bile is treasured in China, and that’s bad for captive bears," 3 June 2018 Moreover, Black and Brown people are disproportionately over-diagnosed with psychotic disorders; our behaviors are stigmatized and denoted as psychological flaws. Gloria Oladipo, Teen Vogue, "Why I Need a Woman of Color Therapist," 17 May 2019 But, definitely, a psychological study of who this person was. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Believes the Spirits of Some of Ted Bundy’s Victims Visited Her," 2 May 2019 His podcast will not only dive into Gypsy's psychological state, but her mother Dee Dee's as well. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "The Gypsy Rose Blanchard Story Doesn't End With 'The Act'—There's Now a Podcast," 25 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of psychological

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of psychological was circa 1688

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psychological

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of psychological

: of or relating to the mind
: of or relating to the study of the mind : of or relating to psychology

psychological

adjective
psy·​cho·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce psychological (audio) \

Kids Definition of psychological

: of or relating to psychology or the mind psychological research psychological distress

psychological

adjective
psy·​cho·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce psychological (audio) \
variants: also psychologic \ -​ik How to pronounce psychologic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychological

1a : relating to, characteristic of, directed toward, influencing, arising in, or acting through the mind especially in its affective or cognitive functions psychological phenomena the psychological aspects of a problem
b : directed toward the will or toward the mind specifically in its conative function psychological warfare
2 : relating to, concerned with, deriving from, or used in psychology psychological research psychological tests a psychological clinic

Other Words from psychological

psychologically \ -​ē \ adverb

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