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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object;
- Example: "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
[syn: cathexis, charge]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cathexis \Cath*ex"is\, n. [Gr. ka`qexis, keeping.] 1. (Psychiatry) the process of investing mental, emotional, or libidinal energy or significance in an object, person, or idea. [PJC] 2. (Psychiatry) the emotional or libidinal energy invested in an object, person, or idea. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cathexis n 1: (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge" [syn: cathexis, charge]