[ dee-kuh-thekt ]
/ ˌdi kəˈθɛkt /
verb (used with object)
to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.
Related formsde·ca·thex·is [dee-kuh-thek-sis] /ˌdi kəˈθɛk sɪs/, noun
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