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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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Examples from the Web for transference
Historical Examples
  • That scrubby menagerie had not gained in dignity from its transference to canvas walls.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Step sideward, right, with transference of body weight to the right foot .

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • In psychotherapy, the term "transference" is used to denote this relationship.

  • It was not in a state to accept calmly the idea of transference to Shepherd's Bush.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Suddenly, as if by a transference of thought, she voiced what he had in mind.

  • The doctrine of the transference of sin was by no means peculiar to the Jews.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • All truth has to be expressed in sentences because all truth is the transference of power.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • No exact date can be assigned for the transference of the Imperial power.

  • It is a transference of life-force from the seen to the unseen.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere

    Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • This wonderful tune is, we fear, a transference we made from Scandinavia.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
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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