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decathect

[dee-kuh-thekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.

Origin of decathect

Related formsde·ca·thex·is [dee-kuh-thek-sis] /ˌdi kəˈθɛk sɪs/, noun
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