Definition of Mental state
1. Noun. (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic. "A manic state"
Specialized synonyms: Cognitive State, State Of Mind, Frame Of Mind, State Of Mind, Aboulia, Abulia, Anhedonia, Depersonalisation, Depersonalization, Hypnosis, Fugue, Psychic Trauma, Trauma, Morale, Anxiety, Anxiousness, Hallucinosis, Identity Crisis, Nerves, Nervousness, Delusion, Psychotic Belief, Mental Health, Mental Disease, Mental Illness, Psychopathy, Agitation, Depression, Elation, Annoyance, Botheration, Irritation, Vexation, Enchantment, Spell, Trance, Disassociation, Dissociation
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Medical Definition of Mental state
Lexicographical Neighbors of Mental State
Literary usage of Mental state
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Philadelphia Med. J., 1899, Hi, 671-674. E. Examination of the mental state; Elementary Psychiatric Methods 1. introduction Certain of the disturbances ..."
2. Epilepsy and Other Chronic Convulsive Diseases: Their Causes, Symptoms, and by William Richard Gowers (1901)
"Inter paroxysmal mental state.—The mental state of epileptics, ... The mental state must not be regarded, in all cases, as entirely the effect of the ..."
3. Elements of Mental Philosophy by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1845)
"Sensation a simple mental state originating in the senses. ... The term SENSATION is not of so general a nature as to include every variety of mental state, ..."
4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"In certain epileptics, an automatic mental state may arise in which the individual may carry on complex motor and intellectual activities, apparently normal ..."
5. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1891)
"... in relation to Myth—Proper Names of objects in relation to Myth—mental state proper to promote mythic imagination —Doctrine of Werewolves—Phantasy and ..."
6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1906)
"RA(NS) second, the mental state of the testator, as produced by such conduct, ... In order to show the testator's mental state at any given time, ..."