Definition of nomothetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnäməˈTHedik/


Relating to the study or discovery of general scientific laws. Often contrasted with idiographic.
Example sentences
  • To achieve scientific, nomothetic goals in the information disciplines, we should focus on the technological, demographic, environmental and economic conditions that motivate and constrain people operating in social groups.
  • Existentialism, in its broadest terms, is both idiographic and nomothetic - it is about personal will and humanity.
  • Hence, given that historians make such claims ‘it behooves them to make sure that the cited nomothetic principles have an empirical foundation’.


Mid 17th century: from obsolete nomothete 'legislator' (from Greek nomothetēs) + -ic.

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Syllabification: nom·o·thet·ic

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