- (psychoanalysis) denoting a person whose choice of love-interest arises from the dependence of the libido on another instinct (e.g. hunger)
Etymology: From Greek "for reclining", from . Originally in the phrase anaclitic type, translating Freud's term Anlehnungstypus.
- 1982: I don"t think I have to gloss the true purport behind your need to humiliate a woman doctor symbolically. (Fowles, Mantissa)
- pertaining to an acute emotional dependence on another person or persons
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