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Definition for mental (2 of 2)
What does mental mean?
Mental is an adjective that means relating to the mind.
It is especially used in contrast with physical, which means relating to the body. Mental is commonly used in the context of psychological disorders or the care and treatment of people who have them. One of its most common uses is in the phrase mental health.
Mental is sometimes used as a slang term with the same meaning as the informal sense of crazy, especially in the U.K. It’s typically used to describe a person or their behavior as being extreme or illogical in some way. Keep in mind, however, that when used in this way, words like crazy and mental may reinforce harmful stereotypes and associations with mental illness.
Example: To be an elite athlete, you have to be physically strong, but you also have to perfect the mental aspects of your game.
Where does mental come from?
The first records of mental come from around the 1400s. It comes from the Late Latin term mentālis, which derives from the Latin mens, meaning “mind.”
Due to the rise in acceptance, study, and treatment of mental illness, mental is very closely associated with such issues. It is often seen in phrases like mental health, mental fatigue, and mental hygiene. It is also very commonly used in a general way to describe things related to the mind or done in the mind, such as in the phrases mental note (a thought to remember something later), mental image (a picture seen in one’s mind), and mental math or mental arithmetic (math done in one’s head, as opposed to with a calculator or on paper).
Mental also has a definition separate from the mind entirely. The word mentum refers to the chin, so mental can be used to mean “relating to the chin.”
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What are some other forms related to mental?
- mentally (adverb)
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How is mental used in real life?
Mental is most generally used to indicate things done with or in the mind as opposed to with the body. It is very closely associated with issues of mental health.
Teens with mental illness dismissed as 'teenagers', women as 'emotional', and men told to 'man up'. Ignore the stigma. Illness isn't shame.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) August 30, 2017
1/Goal setting in times of high trauma. Passing on a tip that I've learned across the years. Though my ambition & instinct is to give myself a full agenda filled with lofty goals, I find when trauma is already pushing down on you those lists can lead to collapse & mental fatigue
— Rachel Miner (@RachelMiner1) March 30, 2020
After surprising myself with some mental math tonight I kinda wish I knew a way to get back into tutoring higher math. I miss that being one of my jobs
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) August 31, 2018
Try using mental!
Which of the following actions is LEAST likely to be described as mental?
A. calculating a sum in your head
C. doing a push-up
D. picturing something in your mind
Example sentences from the Web for mental
We want to be the brand bringing science ancestral wisdom while also actively supporting positive mental well-being and an outer glow.Tower 28 Announces Winner Of The Clean Beauty Summer School Program|Hope Wright|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
This all had taken a toll on Terry, who had been grappling with his own mental health.
The commission stressed that babies resulting from germline edits will have to be followed long term, to better understand any potential health issues—mental or physical—throughout their lives.A CRISPR Baby Future? New Report Outlines Path to Human Germline Editing|Shelly Fan|September 15, 2020|Singularity Hub
This mental competition sets up an arms race—a scenario in which competition causes each side to accumulate potential to damage the other.
The platform will also dive into philanthropy by highlighting local community issues providing mental health services for children as well as residents of public housing.Kerby Jean-Raymond Launch ‘Your Friends In New York’|Nandi Howard|September 11, 2020|Essence.com
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?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Rich Goldstein|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Danielle Belton|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His family described him as being bipolar and having long suffered from mental troubles.
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Twice he made the blundering maid repeat the telegram, and finally exhausted with the mental effort, dropped into unconsciousness.The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp|Katherine Stokes
"Five thousand—" He paused, as though in doubt, or as if making a mental calculation.Marietta|F. Marion Crawford
I never saw him fuller of mental and physical vigor and of hope for the future than then.The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield|Emma Elizabeth Brown
I cannot make out the nature or origin of the mental experience to which I refer.Theaetetus|Plato
Her physical resources were unusual, no doubt, because the demand made upon them by her mental activities was slight.Dope|Sax Rohmer