- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
- giving or enacting laws; legislative
- psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theoryCompare idiographic
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.)