verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

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