psychological

adjective psy·cho·log·i·cal \ ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \
variants: or less commonly psychologic play \ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-jik\
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of psychological

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

psychologically

play \ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of psychological in a Sentence

  1. a psychological rather than a physical condition

  2. suffered from psychological disorders all of his life

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First Known Use of psychological

circa 1688



PSYCHOLOGICAL Defined for English Language Learners

psychological

adjective

Definition of psychological for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the mind

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


PSYCHOLOGICAL Defined for Kids

psychological

adjective psy·cho·log·i·cal \ ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \

Definition of psychological for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

psychological

adjective psy·cho·log·i·cal \ ˌsī-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl \
variants: also psychologic play \-ik\

medical Definition of psychological

1 a : 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

psychologically

\\ adverb


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