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secondary process

noun, Psychoanalysis
the conscious mental activity and logical thinking controlled by the ego and influenced by environmental demands.
Compare primary process. Unabridged
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  • The primary wastewater stream and other secondary process streams will need to be diverted throughout construction.
  • Through a secondary process, the food stamp agency can show that his sister is a member of the household receiving food stamps.
  • Dispersal as airborne particulates is a secondary process that depends on weather and local topography.
  • The primary and secondary process sludges are combined, then dewatered on site.
secondary process in Medicine

secondary process n.
In psychoanalysis, the mental process directly related to the functions of the ego and characteristic of conscious and preconscious mental activities, marked by logical thinking and by the tendency to delay gratification by regulation of actions based on instinctual demands.

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