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o·ver·de·ter·mi·na·tion

(o'vĕr-dē-ter'min-ā'shŭn),
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 (for example, ascribing the nature of an emotional outburst not only to the immediate precipitant but also to a lingering inferiority complex).

o·ver·de·ter·mi·na·tion

(ō'vĕr-dĕ-tĕr'min-ā'shŭn)
psychoanalysis Ascribing the cause of a single behavioral or emotional reaction, mental symptom, or dream to the operation of two or more forces (e.g., ascribing an emotional outburst not only to the immediate trigger but also to a lingering inferiority complex).

overdetermination

The idea in psychoanalysis that every symptom and dream may have several meanings, being determined by more than a single association.
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