- gratification of desires.
- Psychoanalysis. the drive to free oneself from tension caused by instinctual needs, as sex.
Origin of wish fulfillment
First recorded in 1905–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for wish fulfillment
Cain might just be for conservatives what Barack Obama was for liberals in 2008—a kind of wish-fulfillment candidate.Romney’s Worst Nightmare
October 14, 2011
Glance now, among these dreams, at a simple example of "wish-fulfillment."The Ordeal of Mark Twain
Van Wyck Brooks
Wish-fulfillment has become that phrase for the new dream-science.
So this is the second wish-fulfillment, but the wish is that of the husband.
You also make use of this unpleasant state of mind to conceal the wish-fulfillment.
It is in fact the wish-fulfillment that has already induced us to separate dreams into two groups.
- In psychoanalytic theory, the satisfaction of a desire, need, or impulse through a dream or other exercise of the imagination.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.