psychological moment

  1. the proper or critical time for achieving a desired result: She found the right psychological moment to make her request.

Origin of psychological moment

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby psychological moment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use psychological moment in a sentence

  • What fire superiority accomplishes; psychological moment for charge determined by tactical instinct.

  • The wise rival is he who knows how to seize upon the psychological moment and urge his suit in no faint-hearted manner.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer
  • Whether it was chance, or whether she had been waiting outside for the psychological moment, certainly her entrance was opportune.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • That the public, receiving it at what we now term the psychological moment, may have overrated it is by no means impossible.

  • I became lightning-proof at last; also I learned better to select the psychological moment for the correction.

British Dictionary definitions for psychological moment

psychological moment

  1. the most appropriate time for producing a desired effect: he proposed to her at the psychological moment

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