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Definition of psychological adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with a person's mind and the way in which it works the psychological development of children Abuse can lead to both psychological and emotional problems. Her symptoms are more psychological than physical (= imaginary rather than real). Victory in the last game gave them a psychological advantage over their opponents. a psychological novel (= one that examines the minds of the characters)
  2. 2[only before noun] connected with the study of psychology psychological research
  3. Idioms
    the psychological moment
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    the best time to do something in order for it to be successful The trick is in finding the (right) psychological moment to ask him for more money.
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adverb psychologically harmful Psychologically, the defeat was devastating.
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