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ambitendency

[ am-bi-ten-duh n-see ]
/ ˌæm bɪˈtɛn dən si /
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noun, plural am·bi·tend·en·cies. Psychology.

ambivalence, especially when acted out; a tendency to contradictory behavior arising from conflicting impulses.

Nearby words

ambisexual, ambisinister, ambisonics, ambisyllabic, ambit, ambitendency, ambition, ambitious, ambitiously, ambivalence, ambivalent

Origin of ambitendency

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ambitendency

  • Disposing causes of negativistic phenomena are: the ambitendency by which every impulse is accompanied by its opposite.

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung