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1. The fourth stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from about five years to puberty, during which a child apparently represses sexual urges and prefers to associate with members of the same sex. It is preceded by the phallic stage and followed by the genital stage.
2. A latent period.
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a period according to Freud, from the age of about five to puberty, when sexual interest is diminished
1. the stage of personality development, from about five years of age to the beginning of puberty, during which sexual urges appear to lie dormant.
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|Noun||1.||latency period - (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities|
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child