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escape mechanism

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychol any emotional or mental mechanism that enables a person to avoid acknowledging unpleasant or threatening realities. See also escapism

escape′ mech`anism


n.
a means of avoiding an unpleasant life situation, as daydreaming.
[1930–35]
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Noun1.escape mechanism - a form of behavior that evades unpleasant realities
dodging, escape, evasion - nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
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Disease progression requires the deficient immune control of viral escape mechanisms (6).
In the latter case, the spacecraft was unmanned and no one was injured even at the Florida launchpad where the accident occurred, but it still points to the need for proper escape mechanisms in any vessels that have human occupants within.
NAREB will address the problem of drug bioavailability inside the infected macrophages, transport across the bacterial cell wall, and avoidance of escape mechanisms (expressed by the pathogen).
Their elimination by the antibody is faster and more complete and is not subject to the same resistance escape mechanisms as similar drugs.
Brawley and Dixon detail escape mechanisms that some GIs used to mentally separate themselves from their environments--they became pseudo-scientists, comparing the plants and animals there with those back home; anthropologists studying natives' rituals; or tourists collecting sea shells and buying grass skirts as souvenirs.
Other working and middle-class parents today may be seen as striving to silence doubts about their sacrifices and the escape mechanisms they employ by demonizing youth culture.
sclerotiorum has been difficult because of the interaction of escape mechanisms and physiological resistance.
Vaccines that are designed to boost specific immunity against breast cancer will probably work best in early-stage disease, in which the postsurgical tumor burden is relatively low, the cancer cells have not yet evolved sophisticated escape mechanisms, and the patient has not been saddled with severe immunoincompetence due to extensive chemotherapy said Dr.
In lay terms we should think of discriminative stimuli as danger signals and discriminative responses as escape mechanisms.
The bills the Democrats crafted were so fraught with liberal loopholes and escape mechanisms they were worthy of a Houdini virtuoso performance.
And there were ways in which the Ottoman may be considered fairly unique: the provincial system, governed by officials with short terms of office; the provision of peasants with escape mechanisms other than revolt; and otherwise the avoidance of both peasant and elite solidarity.