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  1. Psychology. psychometrics.
  2. 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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for psychometric

Historical Examples

  • Then there is the psychometric doctor, who cures by spirits.

    As A Chinaman Saw Us


  • Some writers have called 86this class of psychometric phenomena "psychic spying" or "psychic detective work."

  • Letters frequently prove to be very excellent connecting links in psychometric experiments.

  • I make use of a material which, at first glance, may be confused with psychometric material.

    The Montessori Method

    Maria Montessori

  • These are not psychometric forecasts, but rational inferences, from our increasing rate of progress.

British Dictionary definitions for psychometric



  1. of or relating to psychometrics or psychometry
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Derived Formspsychometrically, adverb


noun psychol
  1. measurement and testing of mental states and processesSee also psychometrics
  2. (in parapsychology) the supposed ability to deduce facts about events by touching objects related to them
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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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