[ nom-uh-thet-ik ]
/ ˌnɒm əˈθɛt ɪk /


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).

Origin of nomothetic

From the Greek word nomothetikós, dating back to 1650–60. See nomo-, thetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nomothetic



/ (ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk) /


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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