psychological moment

psychological moment
noun Date: 1871 the occasion when the mental atmosphere is most certain to be favorable to the full effect of an action or event

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  • psychological moment — n. [transl. of Fr moment psychologique, a misunderstanding of Ger psychologischer moment, psychological momentum or motive] 1. the moment when the mind is most willing to accept a fact, suggestion, etc. 2. the critical moment; most propitious… …   English World dictionary

  • psychological moment — /ˌsaɪkəlɒdʒɪkəl ˈmoʊmənt/ (say .suykuhlojikuhl mohmuhnt) noun the most appropriate moment for effect on the mind; the critical moment: at the psychological moment she announced her resignation …   Australian English dictionary

  • psychological moment — the proper or critical time for achieving a desired result: She found the right psychological moment to make her request. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • psychological moment — Synonyms and related words: A day, D day, H hour, charged moment, critical moment, crucial moment, day, deadline, decisive moment, eleventh hour, fateful moment, hour, instant, interval, juncture, kairos, kairotic moment, minute, moment, moment… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • psychological moment — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. the best time, the most propitious time, the critical moment …   English dictionary for students

  • psychological moment — noun the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect • Hypernyms: ↑moment, ↑minute, ↑second, ↑instant …   Useful english dictionary

  • psychological moment —  Appropriate or crucial time …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • (the) psychological moment — the ˌpsychological ˈmoment idiom the best time to do sth in order for it to be successful • The trick is in finding the (right) psychological moment to ask him for more money. Main entry: ↑psychologicalidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • psychological — 1680s; see PSYCHOLOGY (Cf. psychology) + ICAL (Cf. ical). Related: Psychologically. Psychological moment was in vogue from 1871 (see OED) …   Etymology dictionary

  • moment — n. 1) to savor the moment 2) a crucial; opportune, propitious; unpropitious moment 3) a rash moment (in a rash moment) 4) the psychological moment ( the most favorable time ) 5) at a moment (at that moment) ( then ); (at the/this moment) ( now )… …   Combinatory dictionary

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