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 These long-term psychological effects were not unforeseen. Melba Newsome, Scientific American, "‘Cave Syndrome’ Keeps the Vaccinated in Social Isolation," 3 May 2021 Penna and Ryan Morrison wrote the script, which pays a lot more attention to the literal nuts and bolts of trying to salvage the two-year mission than to the psychological and emotional effects on the crew. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "You won’t want to tag along with ‘Stowaway’," 23 Apr. 2021 Penna and Ryan Morrison wrote the script, which pays a lot more attention to the literal nuts and bolts of trying to salvage the two-year mission than to the psychological and emotional effects on the crew. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Why 'Stowaway' is a trip you won't want to tag along for — despite Toni Collette," 22 Apr. 2021 Craig Haney, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an authority on the psychological effects of incarceration, said that isolation can have profoundly negative effects anywhere, but especially in prison settings. New York Times, "In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price," 21 Apr. 2021 Parents worried about the potentially negative psychological effects on kids. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Hide likes? Facebook and Instagram will leave that decision up to you," 16 Apr. 2021 Menzies explores the psychological effects of Philip’s family having been overthrown and exiled from Greece, only for his mother to later be diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a sanatorium. Washington Post, "How ‘The Crown’ shaped a generation’s view of Prince Philip," 9 Apr. 2021 Sanderson did note that having fans back in the stadium would have a bigger impact on the negative psychological effects of the pandemic. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "Baseball stadiums are reopening this spring. What's the COVID risk?," 18 Mar. 2021 The psychological side-effects following infection can be quite serious as well, doctors warn, with many COVID-19 patients likely to experience some form of psychiatric disorders, including long-term issues that might need treatment. Chris Smith, BGR, "So many coronavirus survivors develop these long-term symptoms, which can be crippling," 6 Mar. 2021

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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 12 May. 2021.

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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 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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