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 psychoanalytical (audio) \

Definition of psychoanalytic

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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In his book States of Denial, the late psychoanalytic sociologist Stanley Cohen described three forms of denial. Zoe Leviston, Quartz, "There are three types of climate change denier—and most of us are at least one," 15 Oct. 2019 As such a pronouncement indicates, Mr. Tóibín is writing here as a psychoanalytic literary biographer, somewhat in the Janet Malcolm mode. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 Fittingly, both women offer psychoanalytic explanations for their lifelong fascination with the macabre. Alex Hawgood, New York Times, "Grisly Murders and Serial Killers? Ooh, Tell Me More," 19 May 2018 Tuesday was the new attendees’ cocktail party, where the mood was almost effervescent, indicating that those in the psychoanalytic community don’t appear to have social anxieties — or perhaps have learned to cope with them. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Still Talking After All These Years," 17 Feb. 2018 Still, Annihilation’s commitment to older psychoanalytic (and deconstructionist) models for the self and its inexpressible shadows makes this a readily accessible drama of emotion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Annihilation Is a Brilliant Splicing of Woolf With Cronenberg," 27 Feb. 2018 Listening to Clinton relive her defeat is like entering the psychoanalytic situation, in which the patient strings together unruly bits of personal history while the therapist pays respectful attention. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Clinton is not known for the expressivity of her voice. But the What Happened audiobook is surprisingly lovely.," 13 Sep. 2017 But Crews insists that psychoanalytic theory is not science, but fiction, and that Freud’s literary prowess is precisely the secret of its success. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Cutting ’Em Down to Size," 5 Sep. 2017 In the early 1900s, Sigmund Freud introduced narcissism as part of his psychoanalytic theory. Dr. Lance Dodes, Newsweek, "'The Most Dangerous Man in the World’: Trump Is Violent, Immature and Insecure, Psych Experts Say," 27 Sep. 2017

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychoanalytic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 psychoanalytical (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 psychoanalytically (audio) \ adverb

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