anaclitic

adjective
an·​a·​clit·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-ˈkli-tik How to pronounce anaclitic (audio) \

Definition of anaclitic

: of, relating to, or characterized by the direction of love toward an object (such as the mother) that satisfies nonsexual needs (such as hunger)

First Known Use of anaclitic

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anaclitic

Greek anaklitos, verbal of anaklinein to lean upon, from ana- + klinein to lean — more at lean

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The first known use of anaclitic was in 1922

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“Anaclitic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anaclitic. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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anaclitic

adjective
an·​a·​clit·​ic | \ an-ə-ˈklit-ik How to pronounce anaclitic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anaclitic

: of, relating to, or characterized by the direction of love toward an object (as the mother) that satisfies nonsexual needs (as hunger)

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