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parapraxis

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

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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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