anaclitic

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From Ancient Greek ἀνάκλιτος (anaklitos, for reclining), from ἀνακλίνω (anaklinō). Originally in the phrase anaclitic type, translating Freud's term Anlehnungstypus.

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anaclitic (not comparable)

  1. (psychoanalysis) Denoting a person whose choice of love-interest arises from the dependence of the libido on another instinct (e.g. hunger).
    • 1982: I don’t think I have to gloss the true anaclitic purport behind your need to humiliate a woman doctor symbolically. (Fowles, Mantissa)
  2. Pertaining to an acute emotional dependence on another person or persons.

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