Definition of pre-Oedipal in English:

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Pronunciation: /prēˈedəpəl/ Pronunciation: /-ˈēdə-/

Entry from US English dictionary


Existing or occurring before the onset of the Oedipal phase of development. See Oedipus complex.
Example sentences
  • This divided subject, unable to regain the plenitude of the pre-Oedipal phase, is nonetheless condemned to an indefinite and impossible search for unity which is the very condition of desire.
  • According to the feminist psychoanalyst Nancy Chodorow, female children in particular strive to uphold the unity with their mother even after the pre-Oedipal phase.
  • Victimhood, innocence, pre-Oedipal desire, and pseudo-divine feminine intuition are, she argues, neither grounds for insight, nor suitable bases for a responsible feminist politics.

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Syllabification: pre-Oed·i·pal

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