[aw-ral-i-tee, oh-ral-]

noun Psychoanalysis.

the condition or quality of being oral; collectively, the personality traits characteristic of the oral phase of psychosexual development.

Origin of orality

First recorded in 1660–70; oral + -ity
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the quality of being oral
a tendency to favour the spoken rather than the written form of language
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The psychic organization derived from and characteristic of the oral stage of psychosexual development.
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