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 While this is a long-standing issue, the urgency of the ongoing pandemic presents an opportunity to capitalize on the global fixation with data by including disability in data-collection efforts and moving toward disability inclusion and equity. Bonnielin Swenor, STAT, "Dearth of disability-related Covid-19 data can confound response efforts," 12 June 2020 In the past two weeks, the country genre — known for its fixation on the past, and frequently the Southern past — has started publicly about the racial inequality of the format, which has its roots in black history but is now overwhelmingly white. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Lady Antebellum changes name to Lady A, is ‘regretful and embarrassed’ about the name’s association with slavery era," 11 June 2020 Now, Trump's fixation on potential voting fraud has been embraced as a top priority of the major organizations on the right, which are waging combat over mail-ballot rules on multiple fronts. Anchorage Daily News, "As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion," 2 June 2020 The fixation on Beckham wasn’t the biggest problem on offense last year. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "The next Josh Cribbs for Cleveland Browns? Unexpected cuts? Steelers in trouble? Hey, Terry!," 21 May 2020 But should his or her name be publicized through the efforts of internet sleuths, journalists, or others, the consequences probably will be serious given the intensity of the fixation online. BostonGlobe.com, "Amateur pro-Trump sleuths scramble to unmask whistle-blower - The Boston Globe," 29 Sep. 2019 Le Corbusier’s fixation on modernity and cleanliness is trending as designers reimagine residential life post-Covid. Melissa Feldman, WSJ, "Keeping Germs at the Front Door," 14 May 2020 Ironically, the fixation on making a good TV impression has succeeded in turning off the major networks and their viewers. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: COVID-19 could hasten the end of political conventions," 11 Apr. 2020 Esty’s fixation on a past atrocity, an obsession that the show perceptively frames as the defining trait of ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture, sharply contrasts with the students’ focus on the present. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Unorthodox Tells the Riveting Tale of One Woman's Flight From Hasidic Brooklyn," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fixation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixation. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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