Definition of cathectic in English:

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cathectic

Pronunciation: /kəˈTHektik/

adjective

Psychoanalysis
Relating to cathexis.
Example sentences
  • Both neo-colonial and advanced capitalist/colonial states organize and reinforce a cathectic structure based in sexual difference, which they enforce through a variety of means, including legislation.
  • Indeed, it requires a ‘great expense of time and cathectic energy’ during which ‘the existence of the lost object is psychically prolonged.’
  • By October 1977 when the paintings were first exhibited, their cathectic energy had become exhausted - so much so that the presence of these extraordinary pictures was no longer regarded a necessity in Germany.

Origin

1920s: from Greek kathektikos 'capable of holding'.

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Syllabification: ca·thec·tic

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