[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. decastyle,
  2. decastylos,
  3. decasualize,
  4. decasyllabic,
  5. decasyllable,
  6. decathlete,
  7. decathlon,
  8. decating,
  9. decatur,
  10. decatur, stephen

Origin of decathect

Related formsde·ca·thex·is [dee-kuh-thek-sis] /ˌdi kəˈθɛk sɪs/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019