fixation

noun
fix·​a·​tion | \ fik-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce fixation (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The film’s shallow fixation on O’Neal does a disservice not only to his own tragic history but also to the reality of the powers Hampton was up against. Jordan Mcdonald, Vulture, 10 June 2021 This fixation also intersects perfectly with another one of my neuroses: my impact on the environment. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 8 June 2021 This fixation on teams that churn out hits is creating unrest across Sony's portfolio of game studios. Jason Schreier, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2021 Your friend’s fixation on setting you up isn’t about you. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 Your friend’s fixation on setting you up isn’t about you. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2021 Photosynthetic carbon fixation removes carbon dioxide from the air, anchoring it in plant material that can be sequestered in soil. Jo Handelsman, Scientific American, 14 Mar. 2021 Trump’s fixation on wrongdoing has made voter fraud a top priority despite his lack of evidence, not just for party strategists and election wonks, but for the Republican electorate. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Curry’s unrivaled importance to his team has led some to question MVP voters’ apparent fixation on winning. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021

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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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The first known use of fixation was in the 14th century

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17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fixation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixation. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for fixation

fixation

noun
fix·​a·​tion | \ fik-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce fixation (audio) \

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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