psy·​cho·​an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ ˌsī-kō-ˌa-nə-ˈli-tik How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly psychoanalytical \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \

Definition of psychoanalytic

: of, relating to, or employing psychoanalysis or its principles and techniques

Other Words from psychoanalytic

psychoanalytically \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌa-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of psychoanalytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father, Martin, one of Sigmund Freud’s six children, ran a psychoanalytic publishing house. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Most practiced psychoanalytic psychotherapy or one of the Neo-Freudian psychodynamic variants. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Guralnik started to immerse herself in psychoanalytic writing: Freud, Winnicott, R. D. Laing. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Though this is one of the denser texts on this list, and will require some patience and interest in the academic formalities of psychoanalytic theory, the perceptiveness and humility of Winnicott’s observations are worth the read. Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Atlantic, 1 May 2022 Nevertheless, Roston soldiers on, casting himself as part literary scholar and part psychoanalytic sleuth. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 These psychoanalytic theories all seek to explain the personal traumas and particular pathologies of individuals. Adam Kuper, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 Beck trained as a psychoanalyst, and his study of psychoanalytic concepts of depression led to his development of cognitive therapy in the 1960s, according to the Beck Institute. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 To Keohane the problem was obvious: Levine still viewed gender dysphoria through a psychoanalytic lens rather than as the product of neurobiology. Aviva Stahl, Wired, 8 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of psychoanalytic

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychoanalytic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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psy·​cho·​an·​a·​lyt·​ic | \ -ˌan-ᵊl-ˈit-ik How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \
variants: also psychoanalytical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychoanalytic

: of, relating to, or employing psychoanalysis or its principles and techniques

Other Words from psychoanalytic

psychoanalytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychoanalytic (audio) \ adverb

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