cathectic /keuh thek"tik/, adj.
/keuh thek"sis/, n., pl. cathexes /-thek"seez/. Psychoanal.
1. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
2. the charge of psychic energy so invested.
[1920-25; < NL < Gk káthexis a keeping, equiv. to kathek- (var. s. of katéchein to keep, hold on to, equiv. to cat CAT- + échein to have, hold) + -sis -SIS, as trans. of G Besetzung a taking possession of (Freud's term)]

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