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escape mechanism

noun

: a way of behaving or thinking that is used to avoid unpleasant facts or problems

Full Definition of ESCAPE MECHANISM

:  a mode of behavior or thinking adopted to evade unpleasant facts or responsibilities

Examples of ESCAPE MECHANISM

  1. She uses humor as an escape mechanism.
  2. Football gives him an escape mechanism for his anger.

First Known Use of ESCAPE MECHANISM

1927

escape mechanism

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ESCAPE MECHANISM

:  a mode of behavior or thinking adopted to evade unpleasant facts or responsibilities :  defense mechanism 1

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