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repetition-compulsion rep·e·ti·tion-com·pul·sion (rěp'ĭ-tĭsh'ən-kəm-pŭl'shən)
In psychoanalysis, the tendency to repeat earlier experiences or actions in an unconscious effort to achieve belated mastery over them.

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