Definition of displacement activity in English:

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displacement activity

Pronunciation: /disˈplāsmənt akˈtivədē/

noun

Psychology
An animal or human activity that seems inappropriate to the context, such as head-scratching when one is confused, considered to arise unconsciously when a conflict between antagonistic urges cannot be resolved.
Example sentences
  • When it happened, it was almost a displacement activity.
  • Yet the whole affair was a displacement activity: an exercise in self-deception.
  • What choice did I have but to find some displacement activity?

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Syllabification: dis·place·ment ac·tiv·i·ty

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