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Definition of mental adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking the mental process of remembering Do you have a mental picture of what it will look like? Imade a mental note to talk to her about it. He has a complete mental block (= difficulty in understanding or remembering) when it comes to physics. The experience caused her huge amounts of mental suffering.
  2. 2[usually before noun] connected with the state of health of the mind or with the treatment of illnesses of the mind synonym psychological mental health a mental disorder/illness/hospital She was suffering from physical and mental exhaustion. The analysis of dreams can reveal details of a person's mental state. compare psychiatric