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undoing

[ən′dü·iŋ]
(psychology)
A defense mechanism by which something unacceptable and already done is symbolically acted out in reverse, usually repetitiously, in the hope of relieving anxiety.
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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues.
That's akin to undoing the wave action that follows when you drop a pebble into a pond.
When undoing erroneous transactions, recovery can be done online without suffering an outage of the application or the database.
6 billion over five years for skilled care, in the process hopefully undoing the havoc wrought by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
They based their final decisions on the following criteria: the success of the local government in effectively identifying the needs and assets of the community; the degree to which the program is innovative; the success of the local government in planning and implementing their program; the extent to which the program produced measurable benefits for the general community, the local government, and the various city agencies they serve; the degree to which the program has applicability to other communities; the degree to which the local government made plans to ensure that cities will continue their efforts aimed at undoing racism; and the degree to which the local government has used local and national networks to share ideas, information, best practices and outcomes.
It's impossible to understand the tragedy that befell Oscar Wilde without understanding Lord Alfred Douglas, the bold young poet and emotional turncoat who was both Wilde's lover and his eventual undoing.
At least 100 teens who participated in Undoing Racism retreats are now active in the movement.
The habit of pandering to every favored group or constituency with a tax break has the added effect of undoing the great strides the Reagan administration made toward tax simplification.
Political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe said undoing Wilson's policies is exactly what many voters hoped for in November's election.
My trainer puts a neck-strap on all his runners to ensure a jockey does not have to rely on the reins alone for balance, and this leaves no excuse for jockeys undoing the stable hand's work to get an extra hold on.
Taking as its paradigm Georges Bataille's enigmatic postulation of the informe - a term that admits of no definition, defies definitions as such, even denies essentially that things have "definition" - the show subverts the presumed sine qua non of art, the making of form, with a shift to an art predicated on form's undoing.
Correction" means the undoing of the excess benefit, where possible.