Meaning of decathect

de•ca•thect

Pronunciation: (dē"ku-thekt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.
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