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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New York City’s Hunts Point, a fixation for Arnade and the place that pulled him into this project, is the introductory scene, and the setting for the first series of photos, but Arnade doesn’t only tour and collect his souvenirs. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 The Dutch, discovering the local fixation on cloth, flooded the region with its early industrial textiles, wiping out the market for Kongo’s own manufacture. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019 Last year, Windsor and Eton's co-owner Willie Calvert spoke to People about how the company's royal fixation began. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby, Archie Harrison, Already Has His Own Beer," 9 May 2019 Film and art writing were corrupted so long ago by slavish fixations on the box office and the auction price that it’s now hard to imagine them otherwise. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Connecticut’s population ebbs are a major fixation among some in the state, with questions about tax policy and its impact of the quality of life driving everything from conversations on talk radio to public policy debates at the Capitol. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Hartford Courant/Sacred Heart Poll finds a quality of life paradox in Connecticut," 7 June 2019 This new beauty fixation has seen Plug, a licensed aesthetician and holistic health coach with over 12 years of experience, expand her business into Manhattan from Brooklyn and recruit a team of nine to keep up with demand. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 Through more than two years of takeover threats and legal strife, Qualcomm Inc. trained its focus on the future promises of 5G. That fixation is paying off so far. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Qualcomm’s Bet on 5G Pays Off," 17 Apr. 2019 Another widespread symptom is a fixation with the diets of others—made infinitely easier with social media. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "Is Othorexia the Eating Disorder for the Digital Age?," 14 Dec. 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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