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undoing

 [un-doo´ing]
a defense mechanism aimed at negating or atoning for some disapproved act or impulse by performing an action that is somehow opposite to that feared; most commonly seen in the rituals accompanying obsessive-compulsive disorder.

un·do·ing

(ŭn-dū'ing),
In psychology and psychiatry, an unconscious defense mechanism by which one symbolically acts out in reverse some earlier unacceptable behavior.

undoing

[undo̅o̅′ing]
Etymology: ME, un + AS, don
the performance of a specific action that is intended to negate in part a previous action or communication. According to some psychologists, undoing is related to the magical thinking of childhood. For example, a spouse brings home flowers after having a lunchtime affair with another person.
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She must craft a new fiction, tell the world a new story about her victims, one that might undo at least some of the harm of her slander.
last week if it was ready to be part of the solution to undo racism.
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The undo command simply undoes the last command entered--a very useful tool.
New Labour" failed to undo Thatcherism, and the poor, homeless and unemployed are no better off now than when she ruled.
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