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  1. giving or establishing laws; legislative.
  2. founded upon or derived from law.
  3. 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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Related Words for nomothetic

parliamentary, senatorial, congressional, legislatorial, nomothetic, parliamentarian

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Historical Examples of nomothetic

  • But while every natural science has its nomothetic side, it also has another half of a very different kind.

    The Science and Philosophy of the Organism

    Hans Driesch

British Dictionary definitions for nomothetic



  1. giving or enacting laws; legislative
  2. psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theoryCompare idiographic
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Word Origin for nomothetic

C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver
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Word Origin and History for nomothetic


"lawgiving, legislative; based on law," 1650s, from Greek nomothetikos "relating to legislation, legislative," from nomothetes "lawgiving," from nomos "usage, custom, law" (see numismatics) + thetes "one who puts, places, or establishes." Related: Nomothetical (1610s.)

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