A state of cordial relations between individuals or groups. 2. In the theory put forth by Austrian child psychoanalyst Margaret Mahler, the point in the relationship between mother and child when the child first begins to reach out to his or her parent. Prior to rapprochement, the child existed in a world unto itself.

RAPPROCHEMENT: "Rapprochement between warring nations is a good thing."
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