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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The company’s history shows that its fixation on arguably needless innovation is not new. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 One way of releasing this excess is through carbon dioxide fixation, like plants do. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bacteria Could Transform Human Feces and Wastewater Into Energy," 13 Nov. 2018 But the fixation on minimum-wage jobs is increasingly disconnected from reality. Andy Puzder, WSJ, "Does Everyone Have Two Jobs?," 24 July 2018 What annoys me is the everyone else's fixation on the fruits of their uterus, the obsession with motherhood in its most basic form over brains, talent, bravery, ambition and chutzpah. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Motherhood Is Having a Moment—but I'm Not Loving It as Much as You'd Think," 24 July 2018 Trump's fixation on toughness is not necessarily the best way to judge US-Russia policy anyway. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 But some of Lowery-Hart’s biggest bets have yet to prove effective, and there are at least a few professors who question whether the fixation on poverty is in students’ best interests. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Trump's fixation on Johnson is a good thing for America. Phillip Morris,, "Remove the stain of Jack Johnson's conviction from history: Phillip Morris," 25 Apr. 2018 But the best way to wrest the mind from weighty fixations? Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 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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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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