Transference occurs when something carries over from one thing to another, like the transference of data between computers.

Use transference to describe the act of passing something from one person or situation to another, such as a transference of power that occurs when a new leader takes over. Students of psychology may already know it as a clinical term that describes redirecting feelings from one person to another. For example, someone experiencing this kind of transference might view a teacher as a father figure, especially if his or her father isn't around much.

Definitions of transference
  1. noun
    the act of transfering something from one form to another
    synonyms: transfer
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  2. noun
    transferring ownership
    synonyms: transfer
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    (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another
    conveyance, conveyance of title, conveyancing, conveying
    act of transferring property title from one person to another
    act of transferring a title or right or claim to another
    lease-lend, lend-lease
    the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause
    secularisation, secularization
    transfer of property from ecclesiastical to civil possession
    delivery, legal transfer, livery
    the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
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    dealing, dealings, transaction
    the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
  3. noun
    (psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst
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    the psychoanalyst's displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst's emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction
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    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
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