Definition of anaclitic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈklidik/


Relating to or characterized by a strong emotional dependence on another or others: anaclitic depression
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  • This comes in addition to other expressions that existed beforehand, such as anaclitic depression, thoughts and fears about death.
  • Out of this process, the breakdown of the anaclitic identification with the mother, the ego emerges.
  • Men tended to utilize the anaclitic choice, Freud thought, and women tend toward the narcissistic.


1920s: from Greek anaklitos 'for reclining', from anaklinein 'recline'.

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Syllabification: an·a·clit·ic

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