transference

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noun trans·fer·ence \tran(t)s-ˈfər-ən(t)s, ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ)\

Definition of transference

  1. 1 :  an act, process, or instance of transferring :  conveyance, transfer

  2. 2 :  the redirection of feelings and desires and especially of those unconsciously retained from childhood toward a new object (such as a psychoanalyst conducting therapy)

transferential

play \ˌtran(t)s-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl\ adjective

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First Known Use of transference

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TRANSFERENCE Defined for English Language Learners

transference

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Definition of transference for English Language Learners

  • : the act of moving something from one place to another

  • psychology : a process by which the feelings that you had for someone (such as a parent) when you were a child become directed to someone else (such as a psychoanalyst)


Medical Dictionary

transference

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noun trans·fer·ence \tran(t)s-ˈfər-ən(t)s, ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ)\

Medical Definition of transference

  1. :  the redirection of feelings and desires and especially of those unconsciously retained from childhood toward a new object (as a psychoanalyst conducting therapy)


Law Dictionary

transference

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noun trans·fer·ence \trans-ˈfər-əns, ˈtrans-ˌfər-\

Legal Definition of transference

  1. :  an act, process, or instance of transferring



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