每日一词:nomothetic(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 16, 2019 is:

nomothetic • \nah-muh-THET-ik\  • adjective

: relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws

Examples:

“Moreover, there is the often-incorrect assumption that crimes and offenders are sufficiently similar to be lumped together for aggregate study. In such cases the resulting nomothetic knowledge is not just diluted, it is inaccurate and ultimately misleading.” — Brent E. Turvey, Criminal Profiling, 2011

“First, they can expect to find an investigation of the ways in which males and females differ universally: that is, of the nomothetic principles grounded in biology and evolutionary psychology that govern sex-differentiated human development.” — Frank Dumont, A History of Personality Psychology, 2010

Did you know?

Nomothetic is often contrasted with idiographic, a word meaning “relating to or dealing with something concrete, individual, or unique.” Where idiographic points to the specific and unique, nomothetic points to the general and consistent. The immediate Greek parent of nomothetic is a word meaning “of legislation”; the word has its roots in nomos, meaning “law,” and thetēs, meaning “one who establishes.” Nomos has played a part in the histories of words as varied as metronome, autonomous, and Deuteronomy. The English contributions of thetēs are meager, but thetēs itself comes from tithenai, meaning “to put,” and tithenai is the ancestor of many common words ending in –thesishypothesis, parenthesis, prosthesis, synthesis, and thesis itself—as well as theme, epithet, and apothecary.


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January 16, 2019 at 01:00PM