parapraxis

[ par-uh-prak-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs /

noun, plural par·a·prax·es [par-uh-prak-seez] /ˌpær əˈpræk siz/. Psychology.

a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.

Nearby words

  1. paraplanner,
  2. paraplegia,
  3. paraplegic,
  4. parapodium,
  5. parapraxia,
  6. paraprofessional,
  7. paraprotein,
  8. paraproteinemia,
  9. parapsia,
  10. parapsoriasis

Compare Freudian slip.

Origin of parapraxis

1935–40; para-1 + Greek prâxis act, action; cf. praxis

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British Dictionary definitions for parapraxis

parapraxis

/ (ˌpærəˈpræksɪs) /

noun

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 parapraxis

parapraxis

n.

"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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