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The acting out of a behavioral role or assumed character, as in therapy or education to expand awareness of differing points of view, or in certain games.
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(Psychology) psychol activity in which a person imitates, consciously or unconsciously, a role uncharacteristic of himself or herself. See also psychodrama
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1. modification of one's behavior to accord with a desired personal image, as to impress others or conform to a particular environment.
2. a method of psychotherapy aimed at changing attitudes and behavior, in which participants act out designated roles relevant to real-life situations.
role′-play`, v.t., v.i.
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