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[sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
of or relating to psychology.
pertaining to the mind or to mental phenomena as the subject matter of psychology.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or affecting the mind, especially as a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation:
psychological play; psychological effect.
Origin of psychological
1785-95; psycholog(y) + -ical
Related forms
psychologically, adverb
nonpsychologic, adjective
nonpsychological, adjective
nonpsychologically, adverb
prepsychological, adjective
pseudopsychological, adjective
semipsychologic, adjective
semipsychological, adjective
semipsychologically, adverb
unpsychological, adjective
unpsychologically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychological
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  • It is less "literary" than psychological, less psychological than physiological.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • This is the psychological moment to set your friends to work.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • His state of mind on waking is a psychological condition with which we are all familiar.

  • In the cant of modern metaphysics, the moment was psychological.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The report written on this occasion by the Secretary of State is a psychological document both interesting and revealing.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
British Dictionary definitions for psychological


of or relating to psychology
of or relating to the mind or mental activity
having no real or objective basis; arising in the mind: his backaches are all psychological
affecting the mind
Derived Forms
psychologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychological

1680s; see psychology + -ical. Related: Psychologically. Psychological warfare recorded from 1940. Psychological moment was in vogue from 1871, from French moment psychologique "moment of immediate expectation of something about to happen."

The original German phrase, misinterpreted by the French & imported together with its false sense into English, meant the psychic factor, the mental effect, the influence exerted by a state of mind, & not a point of time at all, das Moment in German corresponding to our momentum, not our moment. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychological in Medicine

psychological psy·cho·log·i·cal (sī'kə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or psy·cho·log·ic (-lŏj'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to psychology.

  2. Of, relating to, or arising from the mind or emotions.

  3. Influencing or intended to influence the mind or emotions.

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