Definition of psychological in English:

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psychological

Pronunciation: /sʌɪkəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/

adjective

1Of, affecting, or arising in the mind; related to the mental and emotional state of a person: the victim had sustained physical and psychological damage
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  • The end product is of course very different, but the internal or psychological processes are related.
  • Does he not see the inner torment and psychological damage this is causing me?
  • In the north of Europe, the Fauves' celebration of color was pushed to new emotional and psychological depths.
Synonyms
mental, emotional, intellectual, inner, non-physical, cerebral, brain, rational, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical
rare psychical, mindly, phrenic
1.1Relating to psychology: psychological research
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  • She took a sabbatical and has continued with her psychological researches while sailing the South Seas.
  • I find consolation in the fact that psychological research shows that man is capable of empathy as well as evil.
  • The new research looked at psychological tests done 12 months after the first injection.
1.2(Of an ailment or problem) having a mental rather than a physical cause: it was concluded that her pain was psychological
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  • Most sexual problems have a psychological rather than a physical cause.
  • Scientific research has successfully shown that abortion causes many psychological side effects.
  • The first is how psychoanalysis, if it is a myth, can solve psychological problems.
Synonyms
(all) in the mind, psychosomatic, emotional, irrational, subjective, subconscious, subliminal, unconscious;
imaginary, unreal

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