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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.
Sometimes, psychologic.
Origin of psychological
First recorded in 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 psychologic
Historical Examples
  • The psychologic ground of his telling his own story is that he must.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • "If I have the name I might as well have the game," is a good bit of psychologic wisdom.


    William J. Robinson
  • These psychologic differences are as marked with animals as with men.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • psychologic gradations of character and events are clearer in the second version.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Of the psychologic value of the study there can be but one opinion.


    James Huneker
  • The psychologic depiction of Henschel's downfall is masterly.


    James Huneker
  • She falls easily when the cunning Jean tempts her at the psychologic moment.


    James Huneker
  • And ever the fight is by way of attack and defence of the psychologic fact.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • No possibility here of subtlety and less of psychologic morbidity.

    How to See a Play Richard Burton
  • Every figure on the Well has a psychologic as well as a sculptural interest.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
British Dictionary definitions for psychologic


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 psychologic



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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psychologic 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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