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- The fear of newness and/or of things that are new.
- Synonym: neophobia
- 1962, Liberal Education, Volume 48, page 518:
- It is not by means of a social xenophobia and cainophobia that we shall succeed in junking our sawdust goals but only by a sincere and passionate openness to new experience.
- 2009, Bruce I. Reiner, "The Challenges, Opportunities, and Imperative of Structured Reporting in Medical Imaging", Journal of Digital Imaging:
- The question to ask is whether this free text fixation is the result of report optimization, inertia, or cainophobia.