psychological moment


: the occasion when the mental atmosphere is most certain to be favorable to the full effect of an action or event

Examples of psychological moment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The making of a successful party is like the baking of a wonderful soufflé: the ingredients and proportions must be weighed and measured by the hand of an artist, should be taken out of the oven at exactly the psychological moment, and served hot. Elsa Maxwell, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2023 The day as of ending at 6 p.m. was one in which the wet watched the disposal of stocks to find the psychological moment for his investment in home supply. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychological moment was in 1871

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“Psychological moment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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