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[ab-ree-ak-shuh n]
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noun Psychoanalysis.
  1. release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience.
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Origin of abreaction

1910–15; ab- + reaction, on the model of German Abreagierung
Related formsab·re·ac·tive [ab-ree-ak-tiv] /ˌæb riˈæk tɪv/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abreaction


  1. psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness
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