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anal retentive

adjective
1.
having an anal character.
noun
2.
a person who is anal retentive.
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British Dictionary definitions for anal-retentive

anal retentive

noun
1.
a person who exhibits anal personality traits
adjective
2.
exhibiting anal personality traits
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Contemporary definitions for anal-retentive
adjective

exhibiting a tendency toward excessive neatness and obstinacy in how things are done, thought to be tied to the anal stage of development in Freudian psychology

Word Origin

1958-62

Usage Note

anal retentive, n; anal retention, n; anal-retentiveness, n

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anal-retentive in Medicine

anal-retentive adj.
Indicating personality traits, such as meticulousness, avarice, and obstinacy, originating in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.

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