psychobabble

[ sahy-koh-bab-uh l ]
/ ˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl /

noun

writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.

Origin of psychobabble

psycho- + babble; popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard D. Rosen (born 1949)

Related forms

psy·cho·bab·bler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for psychobabble

psychobabble

/ (ˈsaɪkəʊˌbæbəl) /

noun

informal the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy

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Medicine definitions for psychobabble

psychobabble

[ sīkō-băb′əl ]

n.

Psychological jargon, especially that of psychotherapy.

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