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Defence mechanism   /dɪfˈɛns mˈɛkənˌɪzəm/   Listen
Defence mechanism

noun
1.
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires.  Synonyms: defence, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction.






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Words linked to "Defence mechanism" :   intellectualisation, process, idealisation, projection, repression, isolation, reaction formation, displacement, unconscious process, psychological medicine, idealization, psychiatry, psychoanalytic process, denial, rationalization, rationalisation, intellectualization, regression, psychopathology, conversion, defense mechanism, defense reaction, compensation



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