Definition of fixation
: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: such asa : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stageb : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)c : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment
Examples of fixation in a Sentence
their weight is an unfortunate fixation for many teenagers
Recent Examples of fixation from the Web
Slate reports on Steve Bannon’s confused fixation with Ancient Greece, which is all sadly very predictable.
Coach's approach to ownership revolves around what appears to be a fixation with returning affections.
Barrie’s fixation on boys and prolonging boyhood has raised questions.
The auto industry has been a fixation for President Donald Trump, who’s said carmakers will built vehicles in the U.S. again because of him.
The capital’s fixation will likely intensify next week when Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing on June 8—the former FBI director’s first public remarks since his dramatic ouster last month.
This sort of fixation is hardly limited to Hemingway, or to Havana.
Some of those uses might entail democratic liberation—a fixation of internet activists, especially since the Arab Spring suggested that social media might help combat tyranny.
A West Chicago man convicted of child abduction and whose trove of writings contained disturbing imagery of his fixation on pedophilia was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fixation'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of fixation
Medical Definition of fixation
1: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: asa: the act or an instance of focusing the eyes upon an objectb: a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stagec: stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)d: an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment
2: the immobilization of the parts of a fractured bone especially by the use of various metal attachments
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up fixation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).