[ kuh-thek-sis ]
/ kəˈθɛk sɪs /
noun, plural ca·thex·es [kuh-thek-seez] /kəˈθɛk siz/. Psychoanalysis.
the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
the charge of psychic energy so invested.
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Origin of cathexis
OTHER WORDS FROM cathexisca·thec·tic [kuh-thek-tik] /kəˈθɛk tɪk/, adjective
Words nearby cathexis
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British Dictionary definitions for cathectic (1 of 2)
/ (kəˈθɛktɪk) /
of or relating to cathexis
British Dictionary definitions for cathectic (2 of 2)
/ (kəˈθɛksɪs) /
noun plural -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz)
psychoanal concentration of psychic energy on a single goal
Word Origin for cathexis
C20: from New Latin, from Greek kathexis, from katekhein to hold fast, intended to render German Besetzung a taking possession of
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Medical definitions for cathectic (1 of 2)
[ kə-thĕk′tĭk ]
Of or relating to cathexis.
Medical definitions for cathectic (2 of 2)
[ kə-thĕk′sĭs ]
n. pl. ca•thex•es (-thĕk′sēz)
Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
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