- 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
Examples from the Web for psychological
In war, he wrote, “everything is uncertain … all military action is intertwined with psychological forces and effects.”How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
While Miles says the kids she met were “incredibly brave,” both their psychological and physical pain was evident.Liberia’s Ebola Orphans
October 14, 2014
Beyond the psychological implications is the babysitting this level of fear requires.Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease
October 9, 2014
About one half of one percent of the money was spent on psychological programs.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
Do something wrong, and a panel of strangers will discuss your psychological frailties on primetime TV.Celebrities, STFU About Your ‘Privacy’
September 24, 2014
This is the psychological moment to set your friends to work.The Secret Agent
In the cant of modern metaphysics, the moment was psychological.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Then he put me through a series of psychological test queries.City of Endless Night
It is in this psychological domain more than in any other, that she will always triumph.The Sexual Question
He saw his way to a lovely little bit of psychological realism.Audrey Craven
- of or relating to psychology
- of or relating to the mind or mental activity
- having no real or objective basis; arising in the mindhis backaches are all psychological
- affecting the mind
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]
- Of or relating to psychology.
- Of, relating to, or arising from the mind or emotions.
- Influencing or intended to influence the mind or emotions.