pathological Definition

  • 1involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease
  • 2compulsively motivated; irrational

Using pathological: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pathological" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    His pathological fear of germs made it difficult for him to leave the house.

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    The company's financial problems were due to the CEO's pathological need for risk-taking.

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    Her pathological lying made it hard for anyone to trust her.

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    The doctor diagnosed him with a pathological condition that required immediate treatment.

pathological Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for pathological

Phrases with pathological

  • a person who habitually tells lies and exaggerates the truth for personal gain or attention


    He was a pathological liar who couldn't be trusted to tell the truth.

  • a disorder characterized by persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior


    His pathological gambling addiction led him to lose all his savings.

  • an irrational and excessive feeling of jealousy that is often associated with mental disorders


    Her pathological jealousy caused her to constantly accuse her partner of infidelity.

Origins of pathological

from Greek 'pathos', meaning 'suffering' and 'logos', meaning 'study'


Summary: pathological in Brief

The term 'pathological' [ˌpæθəˈlɑdʒɪkəl] refers to something that is caused by or related to a physical or mental disease, or an irrational and compulsive behavior. It can describe conditions like pathological lying, gambling, or jealousy, as well as personality traits like a pathological need for risk-taking. Synonyms include 'abnormal' and 'unhealthy,' while antonyms include 'normal' and 'healthy.'

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