verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.

to remove by abreaction.

Origin of abreact

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



(tr) psychoanal to alleviate (emotional tension) through abreaction
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abreact in Medicine




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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