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From 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,
2. (Psychiatry) the emotional or libidinal energy invested in
an object, person, or idea.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
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,
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