[ hee-don-iks ]
/ hiˈdɒn ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of psychology that deals with pleasurable and unpleasurable states of consciousness.

Origin of hedonics

First recorded in 1860–65; see origin at hedonic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for hedonics


/ (hiːˈdɒnɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the branch of psychology concerned with the study of pleasant and unpleasant sensations
(in philosophy) the study of pleasure, esp in its relation to duty
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Medicine definitions for hedonics


[ hĭ-dŏnĭks ]


The branch of psychology that studies pleasant and unpleasant sensations and states of mind.
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