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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Studies in soldiers suggest moral injury impedes normal emotional, psychological and social functioning and often occurs in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jillian Mock, Scientific American, "Psychological Trauma Is the Next Crisis for Coronavirus Health Workers," 20 May 2020 The researchers think yoga could work for alleviating migraine for a number of reasons connected to physical, biochemical, psychological and neurological health. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Struggling with migraines? This specific yoga routine can help, study says," 6 May 2020 There are psychological issues stemming from medieval practices about covering one’s face, which restrict people from attuning to facial nuances. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "From protests to coronavirus, a mask revolution has been taking place in Hong Kong," 4 May 2020 The challenge for Cole and his skilled collaborators is to capture this painful reality, to evoke an ongoing history of psychological and systemic bondage, without reducing those hard truths to deterministic cliches. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Netflix’s ‘All Day and a Night’ is a bruising, empathetic gangland drama," 1 May 2020 This therapy is largely reserved for individuals who can no longer sleep through the night without encountering stressful nightmares, mostly due in part to greater psychological issues that should be addressed. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why You're Having Weird and Vivid Dreams During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 1 May 2020 Like many fathers and mothers, what worries us most is the psychological and emotional health of our boys and girls. Fox News, "Spain sees fewest daily deaths in nearly a month as government to relax quarantine restrictions for kids," 20 Apr. 2020 The hiring process also includes stringent physical, psychological and personal background criteria and other requirements. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano Police Department seeking new recruits, with next exam set for May," 7 Apr. 2020 Over the past 10 years, the FBWC has been serving survivors with increasingly complex emotional, psychological and physical needs. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Women’s Center to gain new housing with HomeAid Houston partnership," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of psychological

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 May 2020

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“Psychological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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


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


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

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psychologically \ -​ē \ adverb

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