Definition of wish fulfillment in US English:

wish fulfillment

noun

  • The satisfying of unconscious desires in dreams or fantasies.

    ‘there is a strong element of wish fulfillment in this episode’
    • ‘In part it is because it so successfully juggles fantasy and reality, wish-fulfilment and the daily grind of life.’
    • ‘The absurd story, like that of many heroic operas, declares itself as wish-fulfilment unadulterated.’
    • ‘It's a classical case of subconscious wish-fulfilment.’
    • ‘Of course, musicals are an exercise in wish-fulfilment.’
    • ‘The former is governed by wish-fulfilment and the pleasure principle; the latter by conscious planning and the reality principle.’

Pronunciation

wish fulfillment

/ˈwɪʃfʊlˌfɪlmənt//ˈwiSHfo͝olˌfilmənt/