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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.


(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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Further investigation is warranted about the nomological network of career adaptability, which can provide more information about the complexity of this construct.
Personality and beliefs about world revisited: Expanding the nomological network of social axioms.
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).
It is not clear why the editors decided to use this umbrella term instead of the term of a nomological network.
Figure 2 includes testing for the nomological validity of the Mach-BR scale by applying McClelland's recommendation to use quintiles to reduce noise in showing the validity of relationships among variables.
A meta-analytically derived nomological network of procrastination.
For each construct, composite scores were formed and subsequently used as the input for the variables in the nomological network.
Taking a nomological network approach (Cronbach & Meehl, 1955), these shared relationships suggest that noctcaelador and curiosity might share common, meaningful variance in that both involve an open cognitive style that requires mental focus.
In addition to reporting the inter-item reliability of the IRRBS and its subscales, the study presents findings on the relationship between individual and relational role balance and life satisfaction, well-being, and endorsement of mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as reported overall psychological distress, in order to validate the construct using a small nomological network of related psychosocial constructs.
variance-extracted, significance of factor loadings, and construct reliability), discriminant validity, and nomological validity.
Criterion-related validity and nomological validity were assessed relating past, present and future life satisfaction with life with the aforementioned criteria, both with traditional correlations and also within a structural equation modeling.
Content validity test was conducted by Mahmood et al (2014) for KTM and COM indicators, while Hamann et al (2013) conducted both discriminant and nomological validity tests on PR and GR indicators.