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or·al phase

in psychoanalytic personality theory, the earliest stage in psychosexual development, lasting through the first 18 months of life, during which the oral zone is the center of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences; has a strong influence on the organization and development of the child's psyche.

or·al phase

(ōr'ăl fāz)
In psychoanalytic personality theory, the earliest stage in psychosexual development, lasting through the first 18 months of life, during which the oral zone is the center of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences; has a strong influence on the organization and development of the child's psyche.
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Similar to the Court of Justice and the General Court, the Tribunal's proceedings include a written and an oral phase (which is usually a public hearing); there are no costs to commence the proceedings; lawyer's fees are not covered by the Tribunal; and a party not able to meet the costs may apply for legal aid.
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