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psychological moment

the proper or critical time for achieving a desired result:
She found the right psychological moment to make her request.
Origin of psychological moment
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for psychological moment
Historical Examples
  • This is the psychological moment to set your friends to work.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • At this, the psychological moment, the order to open fire was given.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • This was the psychological moment for which his guests had been waiting.

    In Court and Kampong Hugh Clifford
  • In moving them at this time Larkin had seized the psychological moment.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan
  • Then you caught the leaders of Standard Oil at the psychological moment.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • It was the psychological moment to buy up the outstanding stock.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • The psychological moment has arrived—you have brought it with you, Mrs. Barslow.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • This, I decided, had better be left to the psychological moment.

  • It was the "psychological moment" for something new in the way of food.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • His unexpected visitors had dropped from the sky at the psychological moment.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for psychological moment

psychological moment

the most appropriate time for producing a desired effect: he proposed to her at the psychological moment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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psychological moment in Medicine

psychological moment n.
The time at which the mental state of a person is most likely to produce a desired response.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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