noun, plural par·a·prax·es [par-uh-prak-seez] /ˌpær əˈpræk siz/. Psychology.
  1. a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
Compare Freudian slip.

Origin of parapraxis

1935–40; para-1 + Greek prâxis act, action; cf. praxis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for parapraxes


  1. psychoanal a minor error in action, such as slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulsesSee also Freudian slip

Word Origin for parapraxis

C20: from para- 1 + Greek praxis a doing, deed
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Word Origin and History for parapraxes



"faulty action, blunder," 1904, from Modern Latin, from para- "contrary" (see para- (1)) + Greek praxis "a doing, transaction, business" (see praxis). In psychology, a minor error held to reveal a subconscious motive.

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