fix·​at·​ed | \ ˈfik-ˌsā-təd How to pronounce fixated (audio) \

Definition of fixated

: arrested in development or adjustment especially : arrested at a pregenital level of psychosexual development

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Recent Examples on the Web Schlesinger thinks history ought to be taught warts and all — and don’t get too fixated on the warts. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 20 Aug. 2020 Why has #MeToo become fixated on questions of belief? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "‘Believe Women’ Was Always a Bad Slogan," 14 May 2020 Why does Craig Bauer, a professor of mathematics and a former scholar at the National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History, believe people are so fixated on solving the code? Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "This Sculpture Holds a Decades-Old C.I.A. Mystery. And Now, Another Clue," 6 Apr. 2020 With a current White House administration so fixated on restricting who gets access to the American Dream, the film has no lack of relevance. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 And why do Americans seem fixated on making Buchanan our first gay president? Thomas Balcerski, Smithsonian, "The 175-Year History of Speculating About President James Buchanan’s Bachelorhood," 28 Aug. 2019 Executives had become so fixated on maximizing shareholder value that some (Remember Enron and WorldCom?) even began cooking the books to prevent those same shareholders from learning the true state of the business. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "Top CEOs are reclaiming legitimacy by advancing a vision of what’s good for America," 19 Aug. 2019 Because most holders of China’s currency remain fixated on its value relative to the greenback, China’s authorities cannot afford to take their eyes off this benchmark either. The Economist, "Why a weakening yuan is rattling markets," 5 Aug. 2019 Each tale is about a ruler (Lear, with a kingdom; Captain Ahab, a whaling ship) who becomes so fixated on an idea that good governing gets subverted. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: ‘Moby Dick — Rehearsed’ swims in an ocean of imagination at Theatricum," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of fixated

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixated

from past participle of fixate

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“Fixated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of fixated

: arrested in development or adjustment especially : arrested at a pregenital level of psychosexual development

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