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arrested development


an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely


state noun (stable states of affairs)


arrested developments

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Collins Dictionary:

arrested development

[medicine] someone who displays arrested development is not fully developed physically | [psychology and psychiatry] someone who displays arrested ... (18 of 385 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)



Arrested development

had multiple meanings for over 200 years. In the field of medicine, the term "arrested development" was used, in 1835-1836, to mean a stoppage of physical development; the term continues to be used to indicate a stoppage of physical development... (40 of 241 words)

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arrested development | arrested developments [plural]

A state where development has stopped prematurely. (7 of 99 words, 4 usage examples)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

psychoanalysis | ego | fixation | id | infantile sexuality | resistance | superego

name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud ... (20 of 194 words)



fixation | fetish [synonym] | idée fixe [synonym] | mania [synonym] | obsession [synonym] | preoccupation [synonym] | prepossession [synonym] | monomania [similar] | complex [similar] | ...

the act, process, or result of fixing, fixating, or becoming fixated: as ; a persistent concentration of libidinal energies upon objects ... (21 of 138 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:


an obsessive interest in or feeling about someone or something | [psychoanalysis] : (in Freudian theory) the arresting of part of the libido at an ... (24 of 130 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:


the act of fixing or the state of being fixed. | [chemistry] ; reduction from a volatile or fluid to a stable or solid form. ; the process of ... (28 of 106 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


a fixing, or fixating, or a being fixed, or fixated; specifically, ; the ... | [chemistry] ; reduction into a solid, permanent, or nonvolatile form ; ... (25 of 87 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

fixation [countable/uncountable] | fixations [plural]

a very strong interest in something that prevents you from paying attention to anything else | in psychology, a mental condition in which someone's ... (23 of 82 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


The act or process of fixing or fixating. | An obsessive preoccupation. | [psychology] A strong attachment to a person or thing, especially such an ... (23 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


the state of being unable to stop thinking about something or someone, or an unnaturally strong interest in them (19 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

regression [statistics]

In statistics, a process for determining a line or curve that best represents the general trend of a data set. Linear regression results in a line of ... (27 of 91 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

fixation | fixations [plural]

an obsession or preoccupation | a theoretical strong libidinal attachment to a person or object, formed during early childhood, that results in ... (21 of 90 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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