abreact

[ab-ree-akt]

verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.

to remove by abreaction.

Nearby words

  1. abrasion,
  2. abrasive,
  3. abrasiveness,
  4. abraxas,
  5. abrazo,
  6. abreaction,
  7. abreast,
  8. abri,
  9. abridge,
  10. abridged

Origin of abreact

1910–15; ab- + react, on the model of German abreagieren

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British Dictionary definitions for abreact

abreact

verb

(tr) psychoanal to alleviate (emotional tension) through abreaction
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Medicine 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.
Related formsab′re•action n.


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