from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.
  • noun Development of a medical disorder or illness resulting from psychological rather than physiological factors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The origination and development of the soul, or psychic organism.
  • noun Generation or reproduction by means of or due to the activity of the inmost life or vitality of an organism; biogenesis referred to the operation of higher than vital forces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Genesis through an internal force, as opposed to natural selection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The origin and development of psychological processes such as personality and behaviour
  • noun The development of a physical disorder from a psychological factor

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors
  • noun a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind


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psycho- + -genesis


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