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

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Libra — Storm With a fixation on creating equilibrium around them, Libras have all too much in common with the X-Men team member Storm, whose ability to control the weather is without limits. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Which Superhero You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Apr. 2019 The public fixation on Omar and the conspiracy theories that have spread since her election are only two examples of this. Hadeel Eltayeb, Teen Vogue, "Listening to Muslim Women Is More Important This Muslim Women's Day Than Ever Before," 27 Mar. 2019 Forgetting also helps solve another thinking problem called fixation, or a blind adherence to ideas, solutions or designs that already exist. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Why Forgetfulness Might Actually Help You," 22 Jan. 2019 There’s much to worry about in the Trump approach to the world—a troubling affinity for strongmen, a fixation on tariffs and bilateral trade deficits, a transactional approach to global challenges. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 During a hearing in May, Montgomery County prosecutor Douglas Wink described Beckwitt as a skilled computer hacker who had a paranoid fixation on a possible nuclear attack by North Korea. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Man sued over deadly fire in secret tunnels under his home," 13 Sep. 2018 Still, analysts blamed the lukewarm trading session on investors’ fixation with ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Lower as Investors Wait for Next Steps on Trade," 26 Feb. 2019 Moth Lamp Perhaps the most bewilderingly entertaining online trend of the year was the Internet's absurd fixation with moths. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 The bot team, dubbed OpenAI Five, played well but made some key mistakes, including a unusual fixation with a neutral character in the game known as Roshan. James Vincent, The Verge, "Humans grab victory in first of three Dota 2 matches against OpenAI," 23 Aug. 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 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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