Origin of psychometrics

First recorded in 1850–55; psycho- + -metrics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for psychometrics


noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the branch of psychology concerned with the design and use of psychological tests
  2. 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.

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psychometrics in Medicine


  1. 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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