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psychic determinism

the theory that all aspects of a person's psychological makeup arise from specific causes or forces, as previous experiences or instinctual drives, which may be conscious or unconscious.
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1875-80 Unabridged
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  • In the after-dinner discussion, which went on for hours, a topic for friendly disagreement was psychic determinism.
British Dictionary definitions for psychic determinism

psychic determinism

(psychol) the assumption, made esp by Freud, that mental processes do not occur by chance but that a cause can always be found for them
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