psy·cho·log·i·cal | \ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \
variants: or less commonly psychologic \ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-jik \

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 \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for psychological


cerebral, inner, intellectual, interior, internal, mental



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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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The focus now turns to the physical and psychological health of the boys. USA TODAY, "The two words we've waited for from Thailand: 'Everyone safe'," 10 July 2018 The stories chronicle the cases of private investigator Cormoran Strike, an Afghanistan War veteran with physical and psychological injuries, and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor, "It’s no mystery how ‘Strike’ novels scored a TV version," 1 June 2018 This was where the children whom Nazi practitioners labelled ‘genetically inferior’ were murdered, because they were seen as incapable of social conformity, or had physical or psychological conditions judged undesirable. Simon Baron-cohen, Scientific American, "The Truth About Hans Asperger’s Nazi Collusion," 17 May 2018 Every year, children of the slums who have recently turned 20 can volunteer to take part in their society’s time-honored, highly anticipated tradition: an elaborate series of physical and psychological challenges known as the Process. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "3% is the most riveting, uplifting dystopian show you’re not watching," 6 May 2018 Lee Feldman, city manager for Fort Lauderdale, said based on his experience with his city’s police department, most candidates fail the psychological tests. Scott Travis,, "Most applying to be Broward armed guardians fail to meet qualifications," 13 July 2018 Donors must be prepared to undergo extensive medical and psychological screenings, including a check for the human leukocyte antigen HLA, which plays a role in the body’s immune response to foreign substances. Deanese Williams-harris,, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 The city also requires a psychological test, a medical exam that includes a drug screening, a polygraph test and an extensive background investigation. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Bristol Seeks Police Applicants," 27 June 2018 Aside from the obvious practical issues with separating children from the families that care for them, several prominent medical and psychological associations are pointing out the many potentially disastrous health consequences. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Trump’s Family Separation Policy Could Be Detrimental to Parents’ and Children’s Mental Health," 20 June 2018

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circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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 \
variants: also psychologic \-ik \

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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