The adjective mental describes anything having to do with the mind, just as "physical" has to do with the body. Mental has to do with the intellect, the mind, or the brain.

There's a history of mental illness in that family, which is interesting because physically they're all so amazing. Makes you wonder why they did so well in one department but not the other. Some argue that standardized tests are no measure of your mental abilities. All they do is tell you how well you did on the test. That would be like testing your emotional depth based on how tightly you hug people. A person's mental gifts are difficult to measure.

Primary Meanings of mental

involving the mind or an intellectual process
of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw
Full Definitions of mental

adj involving the mind or an intellectual process

mental images of happy times”
mental calculations”
“in a terrible mental state”
mental suffering”
“free from mental defects”
intellectual, noetic, rational
of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
psychic, psychical
affecting or influenced by the human mind
mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
mental or emotional as opposed to physical in nature
involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual
marked by the appetites and passions of the body
bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic
affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
physiologic, physiological
of or consistent with an organism's normal functioning
somatogenetic, somatogenic
of or arising from physiological causes rather than being psychogenic in origin
show more antonyms...

adj of or relating to the mind

mental powers”
mental development”
mental hygiene”

adj affected by a disorder of the mind

“a mental patient”
mental illness”
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind

adj of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw


adj of or relating to the chin- or liplike structure in insects and certain mollusks

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.