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of or pertaining to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.
Psychiatry. of or pertaining to a neurosis characterized by persistent intrusion of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or the performance of actions, as repeated hand-washing, that one is unable to stop (compulsions).
a person having such a personality style.


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obsessive-compulsive adj.
Having a tendency to dwell on unwanted thoughts or perform certain repetitious rituals, especially as a defense against anxiety from unconscious conflicts. n.
A person who exhibits obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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But he is actually a workaholic with an obsessive-compulsive streak.
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Failing to follow such basic instructions could push an editor over an
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The problem is that this level of commitment, which borders on
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