abreact

[ ab-ree-akt ]
/ ˌæb riˈækt /

verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.

to remove by abreaction.

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Origin of abreact

1910–15; ab- + react, on the model of German abreagieren
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British Dictionary definitions for abreact

abreact
/ (ˌæbrɪˈækt) /

verb

(tr) psychoanal to alleviate (emotional tension) through abreaction
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Medical definitions for abreact

abreact
[ ăb′rē-ăkt ]

v.

To release repressed emotions by acting out the situation causing the conflict, as in words, behavior, or the imagination.

Other words from abreact

ab′re•action n.
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