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 psychological (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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psychologically \ ˌsī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychological (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 Gender dysphoria is a clinical term that describes the severe psychological distress that arises from being transgender, Racher said. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Transgender kids face difficult road," 25 Apr. 2021 Black people cannot continue to live in psychological distress and frankly should not have and/or be required to. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Daunte Wright, law enforcement, due process," 19 Apr. 2021 For example, four months after Hurricane Harvey, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that 18% of area residents had signs of serious psychological distress. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Protect the Planet and Your Own Health," 15 Apr. 2021 In addition to psychological distress, some studies suggest loneliness may cause physical changes including inflammation and elevated stress hormones that may tighten blood vessels and increase blood pressure. Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "Loneliness is rampant. A simple call, or hug, may be a cure," 15 Apr. 2021 The majority of people are able to adapt to new and stressful situations, but some experience severe and extended psychological distress. Dominique A. Phillips, The Conversation, "Here’s how to help your kids break out of their pandemic bubble and transition back to being with others," 7 Apr. 2021 In 2015 the Journal of Psychopharmacology published the results of an investigation of the relationship between the use of classic psychedelics and the occurrence in a survey population of psychological distress and suicidal thoughts. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "‘Psilocybin Service Centers’ In Oregon Will Explore And Exploit The Therapeutic ‘Magic’ Of ‘Magic Mushrooms’," 5 Apr. 2021 While this mindset can be protective at times, research has also linked the belief system to psychological distress. Aiyana Ishmael,, "Black Women’s Mental Health Is Often Invalidated," 19 Mar. 2021 Most of the deaths had occurred since the early 2000s, and many of the victims were already in some psychological distress. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Did James Fuller Plymell III need to die?," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of psychological

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Apr 2021

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“Psychological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 psychological (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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