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From the Latin redintegrātiō (renewal, restoration, repetition).


  • IPA(key): /ɹɛˌdɪntɪˈɡɹeɪʃən/, /ɹɪˌdɪntɪˈɡɹeɪʃən/


redintegration (plural redintegrations)

  1. (rare) Restoration to a whole or sound state.
  2. (chemistry, obsolete) Restoration of a mixture to its former nature and state.
  3. (psychology) The reinstatement of a memory upon the presentation of a stimulus element that was a part of the stimulus complex that had aroused the event.
    • 1956–1960, R.S. Peters, The Concept of Motivation, Routledge & Kegan Paul (second edition, 1960), chapter ii: “Motives and Motivation”, page 44:
      Now all this story might be true. But even if it were, it does not follow that reference to redintegration should be included as part of the definition of ‘motive’.
    • ibidem, page 48:
      Is McClelland’s concept of ‘motive’ yet another example of explanation masquerading as analysis? This is obviously so in his definition which includes the reference to redintegration of affect.

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