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

Examples of fixation in a Sentence

their weight is an unfortunate fixation for many teenagers
Recent Examples on the Web Even still, that standing might not be enough to back up a copyright infringement claim considering all the aforementioned issues with authorship, fixation, and originality. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 Pryor remains a fan fixation, having come in with Henderson as a top-100 prospect with a longer runway to stardom. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 But beyond the potential excitement and accolades associated with the job, Maisie’s fixation on hunters and their history is also a connection to her parents’ legacy. Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 But this isn’t just the fixation of those who take issue with the technical or legal reasoning of Roe. Jess Coleman, The New Republic, 8 July 2022 While the urge to define what womanhood is has been around for some time, the question of how one defines a woman has been a recurring fixation among conservatives this year. Anne Branigin, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 The recent downturn for these loans—which fund mergers or business operations and are sold to big groups of investors—shows how markets’ fixation with surging inflation earlier this year has given way to broader concerns about the economy. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 16 July 2022 But heightening the personal fixation with specific justices and exposing their deliberations to public scrutiny, as this leak will tend to do, makes that promise even harder to sustain. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 4 May 2022 Still, some demographers believe that a fixation with population numbers is misplaced. Stephanie H. Murray, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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16 Aug 2022

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“Fixation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fixation. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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