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selective memory (sɪˈlɛktɪv ˈmɛmərɪ) 

Definitions

noun

  1. (euphemistic) an ability to remember some facts while apparently forgetting others, especially when they are inconvenient   ⇒ We seem to have a selective memory for the best bits of the past., It appears that he has a selective memory., baby boomers with selective memories about the sixties
  2. (psychology) the ability to retrieve certain facts and events but not others

Example Sentences Including 'selective memory'

He has a selective memory , and has turned a blind eye to the profligacy of the present Fianna Fail/ Progressive Democrat government.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Mertel chastised Burns for lack of remorse and the " selective memory "his version of events suggested.
canada.com (2004)
These days, 1973 is a long time ago and, anyway, selective memory is a natural human frailty.
Toronto Sun (2003)
`And all this time I thought you were suffering from selective memory syndrome.
Cathy Kelly JUST BETWEEN US (2002)

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