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mental1

[men-tl] /ˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the mind:
mental powers; mental suffering.
2.
of, pertaining to, or affected by a disorder of the mind:
a mental patient; mental illness.
3.
providing care for persons with disordered minds, emotions, etc.:
a mental hospital.
4.
performed by or existing in the mind:
mental arithmetic; a mental note.
5.
pertaining to intellectuals or intellectual activity.
6.
Informal. slightly daft; out of one's mind; crazy:
He's mental.
noun
7.
Informal. a person with a psychological disorder:
a fascist group made up largely of mentals.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mentālis, equivalent to Latin ment- (stem of mēns) mind + -ālis -al1

mental2

[men-tl] /ˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the chin.
Origin
1720-30; < Latin ment(um) the chin (see mentum) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for mental

mental1

/ˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of or involving the mind or an intellectual process
2.
occurring only in the mind: mental calculations
3.
affected by mental illness: a mental patient Preferred form psychiatric
4.
concerned with care for persons with mental illness: a mental hospital Preferred form psychiatric
5.
(slang) insane
Derived Forms
mentally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin mentālis, from Latin mēns mind

mental2

/ˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) of or relating to the chin Also genial
Word Origin
C18: from Latin mentum chin
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Word Origin and History for mental
adj.

early 15c., "pertaining to the mind," from Middle French mental, from Late Latin mentalis "of the mind," from Latin mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think" (cf. Sanskrit matih "thought, mind," Gothic gamunds, Old English gemynd "memory, remembrance;" see mind (n.)). Meaning "crazy, deranged" is from 1927, probably from combinations such as mental hospital.

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mental in Medicine

mental men·tal1 (měn'tl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the mind; intellectual.

  2. Of, relating to, or affected by a disorder of the mind.

  3. Intended for treatment of people affected with disorders of the mind.

mental 2
adj.
Of or relating to the chin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mental

mental

adjective

Crazy; deranged; nutty: And the son, William, went absolutely mental (1927+ British)

noun

A deranged person; nut (1913+ British)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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