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

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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 The findings suggest that psychological, social and economic stress related to the coronavirus are associated with the increase. Fox News, "'Broken Heart Syndrome' has increased during coronavirus pandemic, study shows," 12 July 2020 Doctors commonly attribute it to psychological, social or emotional stress, indicating tension could be peaking amid the pandemic. cleveland, "Yes, broken-heart syndrome is real - the Cleveland Clinic says COVID-19 is causing it: The Wake Up podcast," 10 July 2020 Excessive use can interfere with work and school and harm psychological and social functioning. David Rosenberg, CNN, "Excessive hand-washing. Tech addiction. Behaviors once considered extreme are now crucial to protect us amid a dangerous pandemic," 29 June 2020 These men suffered greater psychological and health problems such as heart disease and hypertension. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "We can’t breathe at work, either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism," 19 June 2020 Historically, Black people have been viewed as strong enough to bear life’s psychological, financial and social burdens without breaking. NBC News, "I'm a Black therapist, and this is why neglecting your mental health could be lethal today," 17 June 2020 Excessive use can interfere with work and school and harm psychological and social functioning. David Rosenberg, The Conversation, "Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?," 15 June 2020 Adults and children recovering from severe cases might experience neurological issues, loss of strength, psychological distress, anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder, Wagner said. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump claims 99% of coronavirus cases are 'totally harmless.' The 'long haulers' with lingering symptoms say he's wrong.," 8 July 2020 Alba sent National Geographic show chimps plucking their hair and rocking back and forth—behaviors that have been widely documented in studies as indicators of psychological distress. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 8 July 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Psychological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychological. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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psychological

adjective
How to pronounce psychological (audio)

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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