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Noun: intellectualization  ,in-tu,lek-ch(oo-)u-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], ,in-tu,lek-ch(oo-)u-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
  1. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict
    - intellectualisation [Brit]

Derived forms: intellectualizations

Type of: defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US]

Encyclopedia: Intellectualization