Definition of mental in US English:

mental

adjective

  • 1Relating to the mind.

    ‘mental faculties’
    ‘mental phenomena’
    • ‘Brentano did in fact hold that every mental phenomenon is an object of inner consciousness.’
    • ‘It is said that with fading age, the physical and mental faculties do not remain as strong.’
    • ‘Both of these ideas led to and reinforced theories that lack of hair was caused by mental activity or high intelligence.’
    • ‘You have to put your aches and pains in the back of your mind and that takes mental toughness.’
    • ‘We left the rainforest clearing content in our minds about the mental and physical wellbeing of our son.’
    • ‘Are there enough mental health professions to deliver the therapy that is needed?’
    • ‘His message - make your brain sweat if you want to enjoy your mental life to its fullest.’
    • ‘No one in full possession of their mental faculties would describe them as dull or generic.’
    • ‘This disease of old age starts as memory loss and manifests in a person with the total loss of mental faculties.’
    • ‘Why do you invest even one brain cell of your mental capital on figuring out his motivation?’
    • ‘Power tools should only be used when your mental and physical faculties are at their best.’
    • ‘At any given moment we all have a mental concept of who we are, and usually several.’
    • ‘There is the belief that functional brain scanning can individuate mental pathologies in the living brain.’
    • ‘Just as there are physical phenomena, in the same manner there are mental phenomena.’
    • ‘A Scottish study claims that people's mental faculties were reduced after a lifetime smoking.’
    • ‘Even if we had a map of her entire mental mind, we still wouldn't be able to predict anything.’
    • ‘Early intervention in psychosis is a relatively new concept in mental health.’
    • ‘The illness of a relative meant that we, his family, were fully aware of his abhorrence of the loss of mental faculty.’
    • ‘It is good for the mental faculties to start classes early in the morning and finish by afternoon.’
    • ‘These simple lifestyle interventions may just help to preserve our mental faculties as we age.’
    intellectual, cerebral, brain, rational, psychological, cognitive, abstract, conceptual, theoretical
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    1. 1.1 Carried out by or taking place in the mind.
      ‘a quick mental calculation’
      ‘I started my mental journey’
      • ‘I studied the river bed where the fish had been, then noticed a quite a deep channel so I made a mental note for future reference.’
      • ‘She made a mental note on her mind to inquire about his personal life more when she sees him again.’
      • ‘I made a mental note to remember to ask him what the proper term for the bird species was.’
      • ‘I have made a mental note to buy some bulbs of these next autumn and to plant them in pots for flowering in the greenhouse.’
      • ‘Preparing to leave this place for a ten day journey is more a mental task than a physical one.’
      • ‘At the same time, I'm making mental notes about how to present our house on open day.’
      • ‘Not especially in a mood to linger and look around I made a mental note to return in a better frame of mind.’
      • ‘Curri-San made a mental note to tell Rei about the compartments next time he saw her.’
      • ‘This will just encourage them to make physical notes instead of mental ones.’
      • ‘I made a mental note at that moment to immediately begin looking for a gift for Josh.’
      • ‘I made a mental note to ring her back and let her know about all that was going on.’
      • ‘On this particular Indian summer day, Andy journeyed toward the town and made a mental note of what he would trade for.’
      • ‘I suddenly had an idea for a song, making a mental note to myself to write it later.’
      • ‘He rung his hands together and Karla took a mental note that he didn't wear a wedding ring.’
      • ‘I put the pen back in my box with a mental note to try it again one day when I'm feeling adventurous, and took up a pencil instead.’
      • ‘Weiskopf's mental notes will be more meaningful than anything he scribbles on the scorecard.’
      • ‘Since it opened with its smart exterior a year ago I had made a mental note to visit the eatery.’
      • ‘I trod on it as I got out of bed, and made a mental note to ask the staff not to put the tray on the floor the following morning.’
      • ‘If Wyman seemed less than engaged, he was probably making mental notes for his next diary entry.’
      • ‘Many of his pieces mimic the effects of nature that we cannot see or simply do not make mental note of.’
  • 2Relating to disorders of the mind.

    ‘a mental hospital’
    • ‘During her time as a patient no treatment for mental disorder or illness was given.’
    • ‘The team also looked at admissions for mental and behavioural disorders caused by controlled drugs.’
    • ‘Nowadays, music is both applied for patients with mental disorders and healthy people.’
    • ‘A mental disorder only arises when we lose the capacity to differentiate between imagination and reality.’
    • ‘The club was set up for and by people who have suffered through mental illness in the past.’
    • ‘Medium secure units admit patients for the assessment and treatment of mental disorder associated with risk.’
    • ‘Indeed, psychiatrists do not talk of insanity but prefer to use terms such as mental illness or mental disorder.’
    • ‘The exhibit looks at the lives of people living with mental illness within mental institutions.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the fact that a patient is suffering from a mental disorder cannot of itself mean that he lacks capacity.’
    • ‘More often than not the inability to cope manifests itself in mental disorders, says experts.’
    • ‘Secondly, there is no evidence that treatment prevents suicide in patients with any mental disorder.’
    • ‘It's not a definable mental or physical illness, with causes that can be diagnosed and treated.’
    • ‘In mental health illnesses, visitors can and do play a very important role in aiding patient recovery.’
    • ‘Consequent on her early abusive experiences, she has pervasive developmental mental disorder.’
    • ‘Most patients with a mental disorder have a mixture of depressive and anxiety disorder.’
    • ‘Only about ten percent of the elderly who need treatment for mental disorders get it.’
    • ‘Finally let me address prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health.’
    • ‘It is time that this Government took mental illness and mental health seriously.’
    • ‘That was indeed the situation in the present case: the verdict and the order were silent as to the form of mental disorder.’
    • ‘Young prisoners had considerably more inpatient treatments for mental disorders than did the controls.’
    psychiatric, psychogenic
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    1. 2.1informal predicative Insane; crazy.
      ‘every time I'm five minutes late, they go mental’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that some of them under so much pressure go mental or commit suicide?’
      • ‘All the other dogs were going absolutely mental barking and he was sitting there really quietly in his cage.’
      • ‘I've never really got into them that much, so I let other people go mental and bought a couple of beers.’
      • ‘They would all see her go mental, and she would slowly but surly lose her popularity.’
      • ‘That's one of the dangers for young actors - you get a bit of financial success and you go mental and blow it all.’
      • ‘As a symbol of Stein's greatness and a cue for the home fans to go mental, nothing beats the sight of that big silver pot.’
      • ‘I don't care if you are crazy and tell me something mental like you brought a teddy bear.’
      • ‘This year, we had the additional joys of a barmy dog that hates fireworks - and goes slightly mental when they go off.’
      mad, insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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Usage

The use of mental in compounds such as mental hospital and mental patient is first recorded at the end of the 19th century and was the normal accepted term in the first half of the 20th century. It is still current and standard even though the term psychiatric has more recently come to be used in both general and official use

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin mentalis, from Latin mens, ment- ‘mind’.

Pronunciation

mental

/ˈmɛn(t)l//ˈmen(t)l/