noun. 1. a significant reliance upon someone else for emotional and physical strength and reassurance. Reference: anaclitic object choice. 2. with regard to the classical psychoanalytic theory postulated by Freud, the adhering of a carnal motivator to the fulfillment of a separate impulse or intuition.

ANACLISIS: "Brent's anaclisis tendencies toward his mother were not healthy for a man in his thirties."