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Medical Term:

intellectualization

Pronunciation: in'te-lek'chu-al-i-za'shun

Definition

An unconscious defense mechanism in which reasoning, logic, or focusing on and verbalizing intellectual minutiae used in an attempt to avoid confrontation with an objectionable impulse, affect, or interpersonal situation.

[L. intellectus, perception, discernment]

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