Definition of profiling in English:



  • The recording and analysis of a person's psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities in a certain sphere or to assist in identifying a particular subgroup of people.

    ‘we put everyone through psychometric profiling’
    • ‘the police are building up a comprehensive system of offender profiling to assist in the hunt for murderers and rapists’
    • ‘There's no psychological profiling or involuntary behavioural modification going on here, just a cassette playing a muffled selection of old dance anthems, the hits of Ibiza '97.’
    • ‘The goal of investigative psychology's form of profiling, like all profiling, is to infer characteristics of a criminal based on his or her behavior during the crime.’
    • ‘In their search for the sniper, police are relying on psychological profiling to better understand and predict what's going through the sniper's mind.’
    • ‘Despite those late hitches, David Stuttard's new adaptation of Antigone, with its value-added psychological profiling, still emerged triumphant.’
    • ‘This is the second myth of ID checks: that identification combined with profiling can be an indicator of intention.’
    • ‘It is important that research continues in order to establish how far profiling could be clinically useful, and it is critical that developments are kept under review.’
    • ‘Now, I have spoken to FBI profilers and it is a fascinating subject, but psychological profiling has a relatively limited application.’
    • ‘This company specializes in psychological profiling.’
    • ‘That's been the biggest nut to crack with selling psychological profiling.’



/ˈprōˌfīliNG/ /ˈproʊˌfaɪlɪŋ/