Meaning of idiographic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪdɪə(ʊ)ˈɡrafɪk/


  • Relating to the study or discovery of particular scientific facts and processes, as distinct from general laws.

    Often contrasted with nomothetic

    ‘In this sense, history is an idiographic temporal process involving individuals.’
    • ‘Existentialism, in its broadest terms, is both idiographic and nomothetic - it is about personal will and humanity.’
    • ‘They argue that as a tool of understanding rather than explanation, activity theory is supported primarily by means of idiographic, qualitative, and/or case studies.’
    • ‘The congruency hypothesis was supported for latencies on the interpersonal Stroop task but only when we conducted an idiographic analysis of schema-relevant adjectives.’
    • ‘They do not need to be convinced that such idiographic and quantitative information is relevant-it is relevant because it gives them valuable and necessary information.’