[ met-uh-sahy-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌmɛt ə saɪˈkɒl ə dʒi /


speculative thought dealing systematically with concepts extending beyond the limits of psychology as an empirical science.

Origin of metapsychology

First recorded in 1905–10; meta- + psychology

Related forms

met·a·psy·cho·log·i·cal [met-uh-sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɛt əˌsaɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for metapsychology


/ (ˌmɛtəsaɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun psychol

the study of philosophical questions, such as the relation between mind and body, that go beyond the laws of experimental psychology
any attempt to state the general laws of psychology
another word for parapsychology

Derived Forms

metapsychological (ˌmɛtəˌsaɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
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Medicine definitions for metapsychology


[ mĕt′ə-sī-kŏlə-jē ]


Philosophical inquiry supplementing the empirical science of psychology and dealing with aspects of the mind that cannot be evaluated on the basis of objective or empirical evidence.
A comprehensive system of psychology involving several different approaches to mental processes as described in the Freudian theory of the mind.
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