American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of transferring.
- n. The fact of being transferred.
- n. In psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person, such as a parent or sibling, are unconsciously shifted to another person, especially to the analyst.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of transferring; the act of conveying from one place, person, or thing to another; the passage or conveyance of anything from one place or person to another; transfer.
- n. In Scots law, that step by which a depending action is transferred from a person deceased to his representatives; revival and continuance.
- n. The act of conveying from one place to another; the act of transferring or the fact of being transferred.
- n. psychology The process by which emotions and desires, originally associated with one person, such as a parent, are unconsciously shifted to another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of transferring; conveyance; passage; transfer.
- n. (psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst
- n. transferring ownership
- n. the act of transfering something from one form to another
“The term transference is derived from adult psychoanalytic therapy and refers to the views and relations the patient presents about significant early childhood objects, namely parents, sibs, and significant caretakers.”
“It's obviously going to -- one of the speculations or one of the things that's a very good possibility is what we call transference, you know, where something that was touched by the officer was transferred over to that.”
“Here's another trait of the GOP: They constantly accuse their opponents of their own bad behavior (psychologists call it "transference").”
“Freudians would call it "transference"; whatever the case, Plath fell in love with her doctor.”
“This process can be particularly challenging when the patient's transference is eroticized.”
“Certainly some errors are predictable based on transference from the L1, but in my experience variability is common and often unpredictable even with groups of learners from the same L1 background with pretty much the same level of exposure to the L2, and this variability often appears to have nothing to do with negative (or even positive, for that matter) transfer.”
“That close to his spine, I bet any joint transference is really painful.”
“The garden is a domestication of the wild, taking what can be random, and, to a degree, ordering it so that it is not merely a transference from the wild, but still retains the elements that make each plant shine in its natural habitat.”
“The U.S. Congress has existed for some time now, (speeded up since the fall of communism) as a vehicle of wealth transference from the poor and working middle classes to the wealthy and superwealthy.”
“Theory, in other words, "is" the transference — the transfer of the transference from the master onto the master's theory, which is in fact what the master desires.”
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