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The theoretical study of metaphysical, logical, divine, or human laws.

[Greek nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots + -logy.]

nom′o·log′ic (nŏm′ə-lŏj′ĭk, nō′mə-), nom′o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
nom′o·log′i·cal·ly adv.
no·mol′o·gist n.
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(ˌnɒməˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or


1. (Law) of or relating to nomology
2. (Philosophy) stating or relating to a nonlogical necessity or law of nature. The difference between a nomological and a merely universal statement is that from the universal all As are Bs one cannot, but from the nomological all As must be Bs one can, infer the counterfactual if this were an A it would (have to) be a B
ˌnomoˈlogically adv
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Finally, the nomological validity of the Brand Resonance Model was tested through the modeling of structural equations.
Thus, the model is completed with the following replication hypothesis, which serves to position the model within the nomological network of extant sales research.
Relationships that have been observed between the Organizational Trust scale and a variety of relevant organizational constructs (i.e., organizational justice, trust in supervisor, organizational commitment, turnover intentions, & job satisfaction) match the pattern of expectations that can be generated from constructs close to trust in the nomological net.
For nomological validity, correlations among constructs are meaningful and significant.
In regard to TMT, Steel further enhanced understanding of procrastination when he established a nomological web of procrastination.
Further investigation is warranted about the nomological network of career adaptability, which can provide more information about the complexity of this construct.
In section 4 we conclude the reconstruction with the definition of MWC actual models and the network of nomological constraints and the associated hierarchical theory-net.
In a similar vein, Sellars (1956) proposed that our mentalist explanations of behavior do not pertain to the realm of nomological explanations (those that state the causes of behavior), but to the realm of normative explanations (those that we commonly employ when we give reasons for our behavior).