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recovered memory

noun
1.
a memory of a past event that has been recalled after having been forgotten or repressed for a long time.
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recovered memory

noun
1.
the alleged recollection of traumatic events from childhood by a person undergoing psychotherapy See also false memory syndrome
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false memory syndrome

the experience, usually in the context of adult psychotherapy, of seeming to remember events that never actually occurred. These pseudomemories are often quite vivid and emotionally charged, especially those representing acts of abuse or violence committed against the subject during childhood.

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