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[trans-fur-uh ns, trans-fer-uh ns] /trænsˈfɜr əns, ˈtræns fər əns/
the act or process of transferring.
the fact of being transferred.
  1. the shift of emotions, especially those experienced in childhood, from one person or object to another, especially the transfer of feelings about a parent to an analyst.
  2. displacement (def 7).
Origin of transference
From the New Latin word trānsferentia, dating back to 1675-85. See transfer, -ence
Related forms
nontransference, noun
retransference, noun Unabridged
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  • The reasons for this transference of energy are not far to seek.

    English Embroidered Bookbindings Cyril James Humphries Davenport
  • That scrubby menagerie had not gained in dignity from its transference to canvas walls.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Will any other class submit to the transference which is necessarily implied?

  • Step sideward, right, with transference of body weight to the right foot .

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • This suggestion of the transference of the stick from hand to hand was not impossible.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • In psychotherapy, the term "transference" is used to denote this relationship.

  • The process of transference brought to his consciousness the fact of his bareheadedness.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • No exact date can be assigned for the transference of the Imperial power.

  • Another vital outcome of this revolution was the transference of a large part of planting enterprise to business.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • And many are the modifications of flowers to insure this transference of pollen.

    Michigan Trees Charles Herbert Otis
British Dictionary definitions for transference


/ˈtrænsfərəns; -frəns/
the act or an instance of transferring or the state of being transferred
(psychoanal) the redirection of attitudes and emotions towards a substitute, such as towards the analyst during therapy
Derived Forms
transferential (ˌtrænsfəˈrɛnʃəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for transference

1680s; see transfer (v.) + -ence. In psychoanalytical sense it is recorded from 1911, translating German übertragung (Freud).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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transference in Medicine

transference trans·fer·ence (trāns-fûr'əns, trāns'fər-əns)
In psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions associated with one person, such as a parent, unconsciously shift to another, especially to the analyst.

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