Definitions for undoingʌnˈdu ɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•do•ingʌnˈdu ɪŋ(n.)

  1. the reversing of what has been done; annulling.

  2. the action of ruining or destroying.

  3. a cause of destruction or ruin.

  4. the act of unfastening or loosing.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. undoing(noun)

    an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)

  2. untying, undoing, unfastening(noun)

    loosening the ties that fasten something

    "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"


  1. undoing(Noun)

    That which defeats.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Undoing(noun)

    the reversal of what has been done

  2. Undoing(noun)



  1. Undoing

    Undoing is a defence mechanism in which a person tries to 'undo' an unhealthy, destructive or otherwise threatening thought or action by engaging in contrary behaviour. For example, after thinking about being violent with someone, one would then be overly nice or accommodating to them. It is one of several defence mechanisms proposed by the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud during his career, many of which were later developed further by his daughter Anna Freud. The German term “Ungeschehenmachen” was first used to describe this defence mechanism. When translated, it literally means "un-make-happen,” which is essentially the core of “undoing.” Undoing refers to the phenomenon whereby a person tries to alter the past in some way to avoid or feign disappearance of an adversity or mishap.

Translations for undoing

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the cause of) ruin or disaster

Gambling was his undoing.

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