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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In psychoanalysis, the satisfaction of instinctual needs through awareness of and adjustment to environmental demands.

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  • n. (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it

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