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.

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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  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. Tanielle Naus:

    A kiss, is the physical transgression of the mental connection which has already taken place.

  2. Teto Wilson:

    It feels like and sounds like an experiment. They have not been able to flesh out from top to bottom what this Department of Public Safety is gonna look like, you know, if you can't tell us -- and I'm not saying you have to have one hundred percent of everything, you know, fleshed out -- but give us something. You know what I mean? Put some meat on the bones. There's nothing here other than we're gonna have a Department of Public Safety and, you know, it's gonna have mental health workers that go on calls. That's not enough.

  3. Martha Richards:

    We need more money for lots of things. Sometimes our schools can't even afford to buy more glue sticks when they run out. Mental health facilities here always have long waiting lists, boris Johnson went to Eton. I don't think Boris Johnson's going to understand what it's like to live in Redruth. I don't think the G7 is going to mean much.

  4. Demi Lovato:

    You just have to take it one day at a time ; some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but Mental Health as well, i make sure I stay on my medications. I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority.

  5. Joel Dvoskin:

    The label of mental illness is meaningless, there are a ton of people who have a history of something – some kind of emotional trouble – and they are fine. There is no reason in the world they couldn’t serve in the military.

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