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In Kleinian analysis, any person or other entity that serves as an instinctual object satisfying another person's sexual instinct (3), the first instance in human development usually being the mother. It is distinguished from a part object that is a portion of a whole object serving the same function, such as the mother's breast. See also depressive position, good object, instinctual object, object relations, splitting of the object.

Subjects: Psychology.

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