separation anxiety

noun
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of separation anxiety

: a form of anxiety experienced by a young child and caused by separation from a significant nurturant figure and typically a parent or from familiar surroundings

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1943

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SEPARATION ANXIETY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of separation anxiety for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of strong fear and anxiety that is experienced by a young child when the child is separated from a parent


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separation anxiety

noun

medical Definition of separation anxiety

: a form of anxiety that is caused by separation from a significant nurturant figure and typically a parent or from familiar surroundings and that has an onset during childhood or sometimes adolescence

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