[ 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.
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- decatur, stephen
Origin of decathect
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