- of or relating to the mind: mental powers; mental suffering.
- of, relating to, or affected by a disorder of the mind: a mental patient; mental illness.
- providing care for persons with disordered minds, emotions, etc.: a mental hospital.
- performed by or existing in the mind: mental arithmetic; a mental note.
- pertaining to intellectuals or intellectual activity.
- Informal. slightly daft; out of one's mind; crazy: He's mental.
- Informal. a person with a psychological disorder: a fascist group made up largely of mentals.
Origin of mental1
- of or relating to the chin.
Origin of mental2
Related Wordssubjective, spiritual, cerebral, psychic, intellectual, psychological, psychiatric, brainy, clairvoyant, deep, heavy, imaginative, immaterial, inner, mysterious, rational, reasoning, subconscious, thinking, thoughtful
Examples from the Web for mental
In the classic skillset of piloting, mental acuity, and its coordination with hand and foot movements, is equally vital.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Few reports of his mental illness discuss lead poisoning as a possible reason for his mental deterioration.Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’
December 31, 2014
“We all need to take care of our own mental health,” Darden said.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
His family described him as being bipolar and having long suffered from mental troubles.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
And research shows that sugar has a sour effect on mental health, too.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
For him these years were a period of mental growth, of transition, of development.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And the minute you get mental discords no stand against fear is possible.The Conquest of Fear
What a strange, weird mystery there is about mental associations!
To these questions a mental echo answered with a melancholy negative.
They absorbed her atmosphere and after each followed a period of mental asphyxy.Weighed and Wanting
- of or involving the mind or an intellectual process
- occurring only in the mindmental calculations
- affected by mental illnessa mental patient Preferred form: psychiatric
- concerned with care for persons with mental illnessa mental hospital Preferred form: psychiatric
- slang insane
- anatomy of or relating to the chinAlso: genial
Word Origin and History for mental
early 15c., "pertaining to the mind," from Middle French mental, from Late Latin mentalis "of the mind," from Latin mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think" (cf. Sanskrit matih "thought, mind," Gothic gamunds, Old English gemynd "memory, remembrance;" see mind (n.)). Meaning "crazy, deranged" is from 1927, probably from combinations such as mental hospital.