escape mechanism


Definition of escape mechanism

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

Examples of escape mechanism in a Sentence

She uses humor as an escape mechanism. Football gives him an escape mechanism for his anger.
Recent Examples on the Web But refusing to be downtrodden and using golf as an escape mechanism, Moore turned her passion into her career. Ben Morse, CNN, "Haley Moore overcomes bullying to become LPGA professional," 24 Nov. 2020 Regardless of the bacteria’s escape mechanism, the experiment conjures questions about bacteria sophistication. Sophia Chen, Wired, "These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through a Really Tricky Maze," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of escape mechanism

1927, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2020

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“Escape mechanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of escape mechanism

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

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Medical Definition of escape mechanism

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

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