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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Equipped with police, medical and legal personnel, One Stop Centers they are meant to be places where the physical, psychological and legal implications of violence against women can be addressed and support found. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 There is no concrete evidence that her version of events several decades after the fact, all through the lens of psychological trauma, is fact. WSJ, "Let’s Learn From the Kavanaugh Imbroglio," 9 Oct. 2018 After all, half of us are suffering regular harms, with consequences ranging from death to injury, psychological trauma, lost professional and economic opportunities, or just a lifetime of weary, wary cynicism. David Roberts, Vox, "What so many men are missing about #MeToo," 10 Sep. 2018 Luckily, one of Benson’s gifts is creating a sort of psychological profile of her clients. Producer: Frances Bailey, House Beautiful, "Barrie Benson Made Every Inch Of This Beautiful Home Kid-Proof," 4 Jan. 2019 Eating disorders are complex illnesses that stem from a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Plans to Strengthen Ban on Pro-Eating Disorder Content," 12 Dec. 2018 According to Ayurveda, every individual is born with one predominant dosha due to their psychological and physiological characteristics, which are considered inextricably linked. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 In upper-middle-class families, where young women have gone abroad for school and have embraced the opportunities to work that are also relatively new in the kingdom, the apprehension is largely psychological. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Saudi Women Can Now Drive. Overcoming Beliefs on Gender Will Be Harder.," 24 June 2018 The horror that scares me the most is psychological. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "Lupita in the Lead," 5 Feb. 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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