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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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–retentiveness 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 :  anal 2b

anal retentiveness noun



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