Definition of pregenital in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːˈdʒɛnɪt(ə)l/


1 Psychoanalysis Relating to psychosexual development before the genital phase.
Example sentences
  • Gay quotes Schur's comment to Jones about Freud. ‘Altogether there are many evidences of complicated pregenital relationships with mother which perhaps he never analysed’.
  • Such a shift upsets the view taken by analysts where the notion of linear development is the norm and other sexual identities are viewed as regression to, or a fixation at a pregenital level of functioning.
  • Chasseguet-Smirgel discusses the idealization of pregenital sexuality as a hallmark of the perversions.
2 Zoology Situated in front of the genital region.

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