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anal–retentive

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adjective anal–re·ten·tive \ˈā-nəl-ri-ˈten-tiv\

Simple Definition of anal–retentive

  • : extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise

Full Definition of anal–retentive

  1. :  exhibiting or typifying personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training

anal–retentive noun
anal–re·ten·tive·ness noun

1953

First Known Use of anal–retentive

1953


Medical Dictionary

anal–retentive

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adjective anal–re·ten·tive \ˈān-əl-ri-ˈten-tiv\

Medical Definition of anal–retentive

  1. :  characterized by personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological sequelae of toilet training—compare anal 2b

  2. anal retentiveness noun




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