[ oh-ver-di-tur-muh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˈoʊ vər dɪˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Psychoanalysis.

the concept that a single emotional symptom or event, as a dream or a slip of the tongue, may be caused by more than one factor.

Origin of overdetermination

1915–20; over- + determination, translation of German Überdeterminierung (Freud)
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Medicine definitions for overdetermination


[ ō′vər-dĭ-tûr′mə-nāshən ]


In psychoanalytic theory, the concept that multiple causes collaborate to produce a single behavior, emotion, mental symptom, or dream.
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