[par-uh-prak-sis] /ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs/
noun, plural parapraxes
[par-uh-prak-seez] /ˌpær əˈpræk siz/ (Show IPA).
a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
Compare Freudian slip.
1935–40; para- + Greek prâxis act, action; cf. praxis
British Dictionary definitions for para-praxis
parapraxis (ˌpærəˈpræksɪs)
psychoanal See also Freudian slip a minor error in action, such as slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulses
[C20: from para-1 + Greek praxis a doing, deed]

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Word Origin and History for para-praxis
"faulty action, blunder," 1912, from Mod.L., from para- "beside" + Gk. praxis "a doing, transaction, business," from stem of prattein "to do." In psychology, a minor error held to reveal a subconscious motive.
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