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overdetermination

Pronunciation: o'ver-de-ter'min-a'shun

Definition: In psychoanalysis, ascribing the cause of a single behavioral or emotional reaction, mental symptom, or dream to the operation of two or more forces, that is, it is overdetermined (ascribing the nature of an emotional outburst not only to the immediate precipitant but also to a lingering inferiority complex).

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