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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In addition, student debt is taking a psychological toll on students and families. Dan Rosensweig, Fortune, "There Are Concrete Ways Businesses Can Help Lower Student Debt," 17 Sep. 2019 Stewart expertly captures the mounting psychological toll, this paragon of glamour with the pixie hair reduced to violent paroxysms of paranoia and suspicion. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Kristen Stewart praised for Jean Seberg biopic performance as film divides critics," 30 Aug. 2019 The announcement comes shortly after the year anniversary of the killings, which exacted a deep psychological toll on those who investigated. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Lifetime plans to release television movie about the murders of Shanann Watts and her daughters," 21 Aug. 2019 Though his psychological warfare failed against the Bhoys at the Estadio Nacional, the naturalised-Frenchman used it to brilliant effect throughout his career, propelling him into the public eye in a manner never before seen with other coaches. SI.com, "Helenio Herrera: The Innovator Who Single-Handedly Changed the Beautiful Game," 7 Aug. 2019 Knowing that your next innings could be your last, and that one bad shot would bring about its end, carries a grim psychological toll. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 But the flood of questionable posts is overwhelming, and sifting through it can take a psychological toll. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Future of YouTube," 8 July 2019 Each hospital has resources for their doctors to help with the psychological tolls associated with the job. baltimoresun.com, "First responders, medics carry burden when deaths occur," 30 June 2019 Absolutely -- psychological warfare in a tweet right there. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Shea Coulee Teases Britney-Themed Stage Show, Talks Importance of Pride In 2019," 11 June 2019

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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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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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