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The supposed wish of a girl or woman to have a penis, postulated in Freudian psychoanalytic theory as causing psychic conflict that drives female psychosexual development and results in psychological disorders if not resolved.
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(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women
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Repressed female desire to possess a penis as part of their own anatomy.
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|Noun||1.||penis envy - (psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity|
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"
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