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[ sahy-kuh-me-triks ]
/ ˌsaɪ kəˈmɛ trɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb) Psychology.

the measurement of mental traits, abilities, and processes.

Nearby words

psychologize, psychology, psychomachia, psychomancy, psychometric, psychometrics, psychometry, psychomimetic, psychomotor, psychomotor agitation, psychomotor epilepsy

Origin of psychometrics

First recorded in 1850–55; psycho- + -metrics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for psychometrics


/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the branch of psychology concerned with the design and use of psychological tests
the application of statistical and mathematical techniques to psychological testing
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Word Origin and History for psychometrics



"science of measuring mental processes," 1917, from psychometric; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychometrics


[ sī′kə-mĕtrĭks ]


The branch of psychology that deals with the design, administration, and interpretation of quantitative tests for the measurement of psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits.psychometry
Related formspsy′cho•metric null adj.
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