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nomothetic

[ nom-uh-thet-ik ]
/ ˌnɒm əˈθɛt ɪk /
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adjective
giving or establishing laws; legislative.
founded upon or derived from law.
Psychology. pertaining to or involving the study or formulation of general or universal laws (opposed to idiographic).

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Origin of nomothetic

From the Greek word nomothetikós, dating back to 1650–60. See nomo-, thetic

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British Dictionary definitions for nomothetic

nomothetic

nomothetical

/ (ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk) /

adjective
giving or enacting laws; legislative
psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theoryCompare idiographic

Word Origin for nomothetic

C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver
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