Definition of Oedipal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈiːdɪpl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːdɪpl//
; US usually //ˈedɪpl//
[usually before noun]
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connected with an Oedipus complex An Oedipal situation between one child and its parent may disrupt the whole complex of relationships within the family. Word Originearly 20th cent.: by association with Oedipus.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Oedipal