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 (nŏm′ə-thĕt′ĭk) or nom·o·thet·ic·al (-ĭk-əl)
1. Of or relating to lawmaking; legislative.
2. Of or relating to the study or discovery of general laws, as of nature or of human behavior.

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

nom·o·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk) or


1. (Law) giving or enacting laws; legislative
2. (Psychology) psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theory. Compare idiographic
[C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nomothetic - relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
idiographic - relating to or involving the study of individuals
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When working with a given population, understanding nomothetic values and norms is a necessary component for the multiculturally competent counselor (Sue, Arredondo, & McDavis, 1992).