Definition of fixation
: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: such asa : a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stageb : 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 of fixation from the Web
Some people have never fully understood people’s fixation with Cthulhu, the mysterious, undersea, cult-inspiring, cosmic creature dreamed up by early 20th-century Rhode Island writer H.P. Lovecraft — and to be honest, neither have I.
But her materials and fixations were already lined up.
Whether sedges will free us of our mulch (or lawn) fixation remains to be seen, but what is clear is that sedges deserve a place in every garden.
Getty Selena Gomez isn't *too* fond of talking about her relationship with The Weeknd, which makes sense considering the world's obsessive fixation on her previous relationship with Justin Bieber.
The growing number of deportations thanks to the Trump administration’s fixation on undocumented immigrants has now destabilized the agricultural work force.
Slate reports on Steve Bannon’s confused fixation with Ancient Greece, which is all sadly very predictable.
Coach's approach to ownership revolves around what appears to be a fixation with returning affections.
Barrie’s fixation on boys and prolonging boyhood has raised questions.
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First Known Use of fixation
Medical Definition of fixation
1: the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: asa: the act or an instance of focusing the eyes upon an objectb: a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects characteristic of psychosexual stages of development preceding the genital stagec: 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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