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psychological

[sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to psychology.
2.
pertaining to the mind or to mental phenomena as the subject matter of psychology.
3.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or affecting the mind, especially as a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation:
psychological play; psychological effect.
Also, psychologic.
Origin
1785-1795
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
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Examples from the web for psychological
  • Time is a basic psychological frame into which our mind process motion in the universe.
  • It's a physical, psychological, and emotional relief.
  • Someone who understands these things please explain the psychological differences.
  • He observed that lots of psychological experiments have been done on the effects of status and lots on the effects of power.
  • But psychological problems are harder to solve with technology.
  • psychological pressure can make you more attentive, improving your memory and ability to learn.
  • Sun, of course helps both the immune system and psychological welfare.
  • There is some psychological separation from the street, yet it feels neighborly.
  • Wine critics might disagree, but at this point it's a robust psychological fact.
  • The finding runs counter to the widespread belief that people who were adopted run a higher risk of psychological problems.
British Dictionary definitions for psychological

psychological

/ˌsaɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to psychology
2.
of or relating to the mind or mental activity
3.
having no real or objective basis; arising in the mind: his backaches are all psychological
4.
affecting the mind
Derived Forms
psychologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychological
adj.

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]

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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)
adj.

  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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