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[trans-fur-uh ns, trans-fer-uh ns] /trænsˈfɜr əns, ˈtræns fər əns/
the act or process of transferring.
the fact of being transferred.
  1. the shift of emotions, especially those experienced in childhood, from one person or object to another, especially the transfer of feelings about a parent to an analyst.
  2. displacement (def 7).
Origin of transference
1675-85; < New Latin trānsferentia. See transfer, -ence
Related forms
nontransference, noun
retransference, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for transference


/ˈtrænsfərəns; -frəns/
the act or an instance of transferring or the state of being transferred
(psychoanal) the redirection of attitudes and emotions towards a substitute, such as towards the analyst during therapy
Derived Forms
transferential (ˌtrænsfəˈrɛnʃəl) adjective
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Word Origin and History for transference

1680s; see transfer (v.) + -ence. In psychoanalytical sense it is recorded from 1911, translating German übertragung (Freud).

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transference in Medicine

transference trans·fer·ence (trāns-fûr'əns, trāns'fər-əns)
In psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions associated with one person, such as a parent, unconsciously shift to another, especially to the analyst.

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