[ sahy-kom-i-tree ]
/ saɪˈkɒm ɪ tri /


Psychology. psychometrics.
the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object.

Origin of psychometry

First recorded in 1850–55; psycho- + -metry
Related formspsy·cho·met·ric, psy·cho·met·ri·cal, adjectivepsy·chom·e·tri·cian [sahy-kom-i-trish-uh n] /saɪˌkɒm ɪˈtrɪʃ ən/, psy·chom·e·trist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psychometric (1 of 2)



/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪk) /


of or relating to psychometrics or psychometry
Derived Formspsychometrically, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for psychometric (2 of 2)


/ (saɪˈkɒmɪtrɪ) /

noun psychol

measurement and testing of mental states and processesSee also psychometrics
(in parapsychology) the supposed ability to deduce facts about events by touching objects related to them
Derived Formspsychometrician (ˌsaɪkəʊməˈtrɪʃən) or psychometrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychometric



also psycho-metric, 1854, from psychometry (1854), the alleged power of reading the history of an object by handling it, + -ic. In reference to the measurement of the duration of mental states, from 1879, from psycho- + -metric.

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