oedipal


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oed·i·pal

also Oed·i·pal  (ĕd′ə-pəl, ē′də-)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Oedipus complex: oedipal conflicts.

oed′i·pal·ly adv.

oed•i•pal

(ˈɛd ə pəl, ˈi də-)

adj. (often cap.)
of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex.
[1935–40]
Translations

oedipal

[ˈiːdɪpl] ADJ [conflict, situation] → edípico
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