nomothetic

[nom-uh-thet-ik]
adjective
1.
giving or establishing laws; legislative.
2.
founded upon or derived from law.
3.
Psychology. pertaining to or involving the study or formulation of general or universal laws (opposed to idiographic ).

Origin:
1650–60; < Greek nomothetikós. See nomo-, thetic

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nomothetic or nomothetical (ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  giving or enacting laws; legislative
2.  psychol Compare idiographic of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theory
 
[C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver]
 
nomothetical or nomothetical
 
adj
 
[C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver]

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Some sciences are ideographic and some are nomothetic.
Individual and nomothetic models of job stress: an examination of work hours, cohesion, and well-being.
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