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 psychological (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 psychological (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 Long days at the office and nights partying with colleagues took a physical and psychological toll. Los Angeles Times, "Is ‘Black Buck’ the first racial satire that’s also self-help?," 29 Dec. 2020 At South Oaks, which has an inpatient psychiatric treatment program for Covid-19 patients, Dr. Goueli was unsure whether the coronavirus was connected to the woman’s psychological symptoms. New York Times, "Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms," 28 Dec. 2020 The lives illuminated here offer us new ways to speak of displacements that can be both physical and psychological. TheWeek, "Maaza Mengiste recommends 6 books by writers from her native Ethiopia," 14 Dec. 2020 On the one hand, activists effectively raised awareness about the physical and psychological harm of skin lightening. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "The skin lightening industry’s history of colorism and the impact of Black Lives Matter," 29 Nov. 2020 There are physical and psychological consequences, too. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, "How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt," 23 Nov. 2020 The author is uniquely suited to discuss her uncle and the psychological effects of his policies. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Mary Trump’s next book probes ‘America’s national trauma’ under Trump presidency," 2 Dec. 2020 Her first brush with the pandemic’s psychological effects were her own fears that her job as a health worker might have exposed her to it. Fox News, "Mexico tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths, 4th country to do so," 21 Nov. 2020 The psychological effects of the election can be debilitating. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Their 2016 Election Grief Went Viral. Here’s What They’re Doing to Make Sure 2020 Isn’t a Repeat," 27 Oct. 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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“Psychological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychological. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 psychological (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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