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obsessive-compulsive

[uh b-ses-iv-kuh m-puhl-siv] /əbˈsɛs ɪv kəmˈpʌl sɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.
2.
Psychiatry. of or relating 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).
noun
3.
a person having such a personality style.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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obsessive-compulsive in Medicine

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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