[ in-truh-jek-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈdʒɛk ʃən /

noun Psychoanalysis.

an unconscious psychic process by which a person incorporates into his or her own psychic apparatus the characteristics of another person or object.

Origin of introjection

First recorded in 1865–70; intro- + (in)jection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for introjection


/ (ˌɪntrəˈdʒɛkʃən) /


psychol the act or process of introjecting

Derived Forms

introjective, adjective

Word Origin for introjection

C20: from intro- + (pro) jection
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Medicine definitions for introjection


[ ĭn′trə-jĕkshən ]


The process of incorporating the characteristics of a person or object unconsciously into one's psyche, often as a defense mechanism.

Related forms

in′tro•ject v.
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