de cathexis


verb (used with object)
to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.

de- + cathect

decathexis [dee-kuh-thek-sis] , noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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