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  • Oedipal

    [ed-uh-puh l, ee-duh-] /ˈɛd ə pəl, ˈi də-/ adjective, (often initial capital letter) 1. of, characterized by, or resulting from the . adj. 1939, “of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite-sex parent,” from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Tyrannus,” in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the […]

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    oedipal phase n. In psychoanalytic theory, the stage in psychosexual development, usually occurring between the ages of 3 and 7, characterized by manifestation of the Oedipal complex.

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