Definition of displacement activity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    displacement activity

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  1. 1[uncountable] things that you do in order to avoid doing what you are supposed to be doing
  2. 2(biology, psychology) [uncountable, countable] behaviour in animals or humans that seems to have no connection with the situation in which it is performed, resulting from two conflicting urges
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