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parapraxis

[par-uh-prak-sis] /ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs/
noun, plural parapraxes
[par-uh-prak-seez] /ˌpær əˈpræk siz/ (Show IPA).
Psychology
1.
a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
Compare Freudian slip.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; para- + Greek prâxis act, action; cf. praxis
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British Dictionary definitions for parapraxes

parapraxis

/ˌpærəˈpræksɪs/
noun
1.
(psychoanal) a minor error in action, such as slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulses See also Freudian slip
Word Origin
C20: from para-1 + Greek praxis a doing, deed
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Word Origin and History for parapraxes

parapraxis

n.

"faulty action, blunder," 1904, from Modern Latin, from para- "contrary" (see para- (1)) + Greek praxis "a doing, transaction, business" (see praxis). In psychology, a minor error held to reveal a subconscious motive.

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