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n. pl. par·a·prax·es (-prăk′sēz)
A minor error, such as a slip of the tongue, thought to reveal a repressed motive.

[para- + Greek praxis, act, action; see praxis.]


(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a minor error in action, such as slips of the tongue, supposedly the result of repressed impulses. See also Freudian slip
[C20: from para-1 + Greek praxis a doing, deed]


(ˌpær əˈpræk sɪs)

also par•a•prax•i•a

(-ˈpræk si ə)

n., pl. -prax•es (-ˈpræk siz) also -prax•i•as.
a slip of the tongue, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious motives.
[1935–40; para-1 + Greek prâxis act, action; compare praxis]


the process whereby a person fails to complete his intention, as by the mislaying of objects, thought to be the result of a conflict between unconscious and conscious intention.
See also: Psychology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parapraxis - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.parapraxis - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
Freudian slip - a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
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This technological parapraxis confirms my association of Klein with SPECTRE'S Rosa Klebb, whose reputation as an interrogator rests on her ability both to call out specialty tortures by number and to coo softly to her victim, "There, there my dove.
The discussion is theoretically guided by the idea of parapraxis (as developed from the Freudian concept of Fehlleistung or "failed performance"), which addresses the ways in which public missteps in the presentation of the generally accepted symbolic mandates of German public life have repeatedly served to inadvertently reveal unresolved and conflicted aspects of German national identity and self-image, particularly as they have played out between generations.
The process that Shakespeare intuits is the same that Freud later explains theoretically via the idea of parapraxis.