[ sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuhl ]
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  1. of or relating to psychology.

  2. pertaining to the mind or to mental phenomena as the subject matter of psychology.

  1. of, pertaining to, dealing with, or affecting the mind, especially as a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation: psychological play;psychological effect.

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Origin of psychological

First recorded in 1785–95; psycholog(y) + -ical
  • Sometimes psy·cho·log·ic [sahy-kuh-loj-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ .

Other words from psychological

  • psy·cho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·psy·cho·log·ic, adjective
  • non·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjective
  • pre·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjective
  • pseu·do·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjective
  • sem·i·psy·cho·log·ic, adjective
  • sem·i·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjective
  • un·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjective

Words Nearby psychological Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use psychological in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for psychological


/ (ˌsaɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) /

  1. of or relating to psychology

  2. of or relating to the mind or mental activity

  1. having no real or objective basis; arising in the mind: his backaches are all psychological

  2. affecting the mind

Derived forms of psychological

  • psychologically, adverb

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