object (ob´jekt)

1. Anything to which thought or action is directed. 2. In psychoanalysis, that through which an instinct can achieve its aim. 3. In psychoanalysis, often used synonymously with person.
good o. in psychoanalysis, the good or supporting aspects of an important person in the patient's life, especially of a parent or parent-surrogate.
sex o. a person toward whom another is sexually attracted; a term usually used by a female to indicate that a male narrowly views her as a vehicle for sex while completely disregarding the rest of her persona.
test o. 1. an o. having very fine surface markings, mounted on a slide, used to determine the defining power of the objective lens of a microscope; 2. the target in measurement of the visual field.


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