Nomothetic



[nom-uh-thet-ik] /ˌnɒm əˈθɛt ɪk/

adjective
1.
giving or establishing laws; legislative.
2.
founded upon or derived from law.
3.
Psychology. pertaining to or involving the study or formulation of general or universal laws (opposed to ).
/ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
giving or enacting laws; legislative
2.
(psychol) of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theory Compare idiographic
adj.

“lawgiving, legislative; based on law,” 1650s, from Greek nomothetikos “relating to legislation, legislative,” from nomothetes “lawgiving,” from nomos “usage, custom, law” (see numismatics) + thetes “one who puts, places, or establishes.” Related: Nomothetical (1610s.)

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