Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or relating to lawmaking; legislative.
  • adjective Of or relating to the study or discovery of general laws, as of nature or of human behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Noting a science which aims at the discovery of universals or general laws: opposed to idiographic.
  • Legislative; enacting laws.
  • Pertaining to a nomothete, or to the body of nomothetes.
  • Founded on a system of law or by a lawgiver; nomistic: as, nomothetic religions.

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

  • adjective rare Legislative; enacting laws.

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  • adjective rare defining laws

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

  • adjective relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek nomothetikos : nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots + thetikos, thetic; see thetic.]

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From Ancient Greek νομοθετικός.

Examples

  • First, there is a critique of the "nomothetic" quest -- the idea that the social sciences should discover social laws.

    A crisis in sociology?

  • First, there is a critique of the "nomothetic" quest -- the idea that the social sciences should discover social laws.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • I believe the distinction by Wilhelm Dilthey between "nomothetic" (= positing laws) and "idiographic" (= describing individuals) sciences, is still much more fruitful than other approaches that tend to blur the dividing line.

    Demarcation, Demarcation, ….

  • On the one hand, Wilson has thus strengthened the Soviet element within "post-Soviet transitions" lending support to those researchers emphasizing the continued relevance of the ideographic element in †"as opposed to nomothetic approaches to â€" the study of contemporary Russia, Ukraine, etc.

    Understanding the Orange Revolution: Ukraine's Democratization in the Russian Mirror

  • Unlike the “nomothetic” knowledge that natural science seeks, what matters in historical science is not a universal law-like causality, but an understanding of the particular way in which an individual ascribes values to certain events and institutions or takes a position towards the general cultural values of his/her time under a unique, never-to-be-repeated constellation of historical circumstances.

    Asthmatic

  • Most of the studies presented in this book are nomothetic.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • The nomothetic approach tries to draw inferences from a more limited exposure to a large number of cases.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • Qualitative research may be idiographic or nomothetic.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • The nomothetic approach tries to draw inferences from a more limited exposure to a large number of cases.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • Qualitative research may be idiographic or nomothetic.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

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