What does mental mean?

Definitions for mental
ˈmɛn tlmen·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mentaladjective

    involving the mind or an intellectual process

    "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects"

  2. mentaladjective

    of or relating to the mind

    "mental powers"; "mental development"; "mental hygiene"

  3. mentaladjective

    of or relating to the chin- or liplike structure in insects and certain mollusks

  4. genial, mentaladjective

    of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw

  5. mentaladjective

    affected by a disorder of the mind

    "a mental patient"; "mental illness"


  1. mentaladjective

    Of or relating to the mind or an intellectual process.

  2. mentaladjective

    Insane, mad, crazy.

  3. mentaladjective

    Of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw, genial.

  4. mentaladjective

    Of or relating to the chin-like or lip-like structure.

  5. Etymology: From mental, from mentalis, from mens. Also from mentum, depending on usage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mentaladjective

    Intellectual; existing in the mind.

    Etymology: mentale, French; mentis, Lat.

    What a mental power
    This eye shoots forth? How big imagination
    Moves in this lip? To the dumbness of the gesture
    One might interpret. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    So deep the pow’r of these ingredients pierc’d,
    Ev’n to the inmost seat of mental sight,
    That Adam now enforc’d to close his eyes,
    Sunk down, and all his spirits became entranc’d. John Milton.

    The metaphor of taste would not have been so general, had there not been a very great conformity between the mental taste and that sensitive taste that affects the palate. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 409.

    If the ideas be not innate, there was a time when the mind was without those principles; for where the ideas are not, there can be no knowledge, no assent, no mental or verbal propositions about them. John Locke.

    She kindly talk’d, at least three hours,
    Of plastick forms, and mental pow’rs. Matthew Prior.

    Those inward representations of spirit, thought, love, and hatred, are pure and mental ideas, belonging especially to the mind, and carry nothing of shape or sense in them. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. mental

    Mental pertains to anything related to the mind, its processes, functions, and conditions. This can include processes like thinking, cognition, perception, consciousness, emotions, and behavior. It also refers to various conditions or disorders that affect the mind or brain such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mentaladjective

    of or pertaining to the chin; genian; as, the mental nerve; the mental region

  2. Mentalnoun

    a plate or scale covering the mentum or chin of a fish or reptile

  3. Mentaladjective

    of or pertaining to the mind; intellectual; as, mental faculties; mental operations, conditions, or exercise

  4. Etymology: [L. mentum the chin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mental

    men′tal, adj. pertaining to the mind: done in the mind.—ns. Mental′ity, Mentā′tion.—adv. Men′tally.—adjs. Menticul′tural, improving the mind; Mentif′erous, conveying thought, telepathic.—Mental alienation, insanity; Mental arithmetic, arithmetic performed without the help of written figures. [Fr.,—L. mens, mentis, the mind.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mental' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1771

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mental' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2964

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mental' in Adjectives Frequency: #232

Anagrams for mental »

  1. lament

  2. Lament.

  3. malent

  4. mantel

  5. mantle

  6. manlet

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mental in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mental in a Sentence

  1. Richard Achiro:

    The way in which men's bodies are being objectified by the media is catching up rapidly to what has been done to women's bodies for decades, it makes sense to believe that as that occurs men's mental health and emotional issues are going to be expressed more and more in eating disorder behavior.

  2. Wahid Mayar:

    The suffering of mental illness in Afghanistan is a silent war. If peace comes then we will have to accept the new normal, but currently we are in a phase of tremendous uncertainty, the prospect of peace brings hope and anxiety. We wonder can peace ever come to embrace us, to calm our minds.

  3. Robert Bor:

    Pilots are not naive to their own mental stresses, they need to be part of the effort to make the skies safer.

  4. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley:

    I saw—with shut eyes, but acute mental vision—I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.

  5. Jim Davis/The:

    You know, players last year, you know, the situation where … I mean, look, there’s multiple situations. But, where things come up, where we can be helpful, we try to do that. I didn’t really see what happened yesterday, so this isn’t about that, it’s just in general, that’s how we try to handle the mental health side of it, very important, and it’s something everybody’s very aware of. We talk about it on a pretty regular basis. Football players are tough, they like to block out, and try to block out distractions and things that could affect them on the football field. But, at the same time, you’ve gotta live your life and deal with other things. And, so, it’s trying to find that balance.

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