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n. 1. in social psychology, the natural feeling of being drawn to other individuals and desiring their company. This is usually (but not necessarily) due to having a personal liking for them. 2. in environmental psychology, a quality that affects the proximity of relationships - usually reflecting such factors as their liking for each other. For example, male-female and female-female pairs who like each are found to be closer to each other than do pairs who feel no personal attraction toward each other. Environmental influences, such as noise, heat, and humidity, decrease attraction between pairs of individuals. See proxemics.

ATTRACTION: "A person found himself to have less attraction to his girlfriend when stuck in an elevator with her for several hours without respite."

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