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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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 Vietnam War veteran James Kisor in 1982 applied for benefits based on psychological trauma from combat duty. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Court vs. the Regulatory State," 26 Mar. 2019 The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards. CBS News, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia allege they were beaten while cuffed, left nude in cells," 21 June 2018 Her lawsuit says the former student suffers from social anxiety and other psychological problems. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Feds want to know: Did NC college discriminate against a student because she's white? | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018 The latter involves long-lasting, life-disrupting physical and psychological reactions to air travel. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "How to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Flying," 31 Jan. 2019 The attorneys also suggested the longtime political operative is facing physical and psychological challenges. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Manafort’s Lawyers Reveal New Details of His Links to Kiev Associate," 8 Jan. 2019 The American Psychological Association has no policy on using psychological research to develop persuasive digital technology. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of psychological

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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