Definition of psychological adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsaɪkəˈlɒdʒɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsaɪkəˈlɑːdʒɪkl//
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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. Extra examples A psychological study of refugee children came up with some worrying results. Drug abuse can lead to both physical and psychological problems. Everyone has their own personal and psychological needs. Her latest movie is a tense psychological drama. I think his illness is more psychological than physical. She studies the psychological development of children. Victory in the previous game should give them a psychological advantage over their opponents.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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