recovered memory

noun

Definition of recovered memory 

: a memory of a traumatic event (such as sexual abuse) experienced typically during childhood that is forgotten and then recalled many years later that is sometimes held to be an invalid or false remembrance generated by outside influence

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Saved from suicide by Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a psychologist who has invented a machine that recovers memories, Sam turns into an amateur sleuth when Dunn also winds up expired. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Rememory,’ the Machine Knows What You Did," 7 Sep. 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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recovered memory

noun

Medical Definition of recovered memory 

: a forgotten memory of a traumatic event (as sexual abuse) experienced typically during childhood and recalled many years later that is sometimes held to be an invalid or false remembrance generated by outside influence

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