fixation

noun
fix·a·tion | \ fik-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of fixation 

: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: such as

a : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage

b : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)

c : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment

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Examples of fixation in a Sentence

their weight is an unfortunate fixation for many teenagers

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Ideas and fixations elevate and distort in these stories. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis," 6 June 2018 By breaking out a checkbook to buy down the trade imbalance — a fixation of Trump’s — the regime aims to skip a more painful reckoning over its industrial policy and the intellectual property abuses that serve it. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: U.S. businesses worry Trump may strike bad deal with China," 18 May 2018 Bandages wrap around Maddah's lower leg, which bristles with external fixation pins. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "He's treated thousands. The surgeon who keeps returning to Gaza," 18 May 2018 And because the president’s fixations drive his off-the-cuff statements, which in turn drive the news cycle, the crisis has the potential to feed on itself for a long time. Dara Lind, Vox, "Donald Trump is reportedly furious that the US can’t shut down the border," 11 May 2018 His certitude faltered, however, in the presence of women: Ullrich depicts Hitler’s love life as a series of largely unfulfilled fixations. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 But these scenes, however brilliantly realized, have little to do with the plot propelling the novel, a psychodrama about shifts in power, shifts in mental health, and a fixation upon children. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The New Domestic Horror," 22 Jan. 2018 An awkward teenager who had a fixation on guns and racist imagery, Cruz had a long history of emotional outbursts and threats of violence growing up with a widowed mother. Nicholas Nehamas And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "‘I can go shoot them.’ Another threat from Parkland school shooter went ignored.," 11 July 2018 Had things gone to plan, Sam Allardyce would be the manager now, and, given his fixation with Wayne Rooney, England may still be an incoherent side chugging around after an aging star. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Gareth Southgate Makes Own Luck in Guiding England to World Cup Semifinals," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of fixation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fixation

Middle English fixacioun "(in alchemy) reduction of a volatile substance to a form not alterable by fire or another agent of change," borrowed from Medieval Latin fīxātiōn-, fīxātiō, from fīxāre "to so reduce a volatile substance" (verbal derivative of Latin fīxus "firmly established, unchangeable") + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns; in psychological senses after German Fixation or Fixierung — more at fix entry 1

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fixation

noun
fix·a·tion | \ fik-ˈsā-shən \

Medical Definition of fixation 

1 : the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: as

a : the act or an instance of focusing the eyes upon an object

b : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stage

c : 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

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