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anal–retentive

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

: extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise

Full Definition of ANAL-RETENTIVE

:  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

First Known Use of ANAL-RETENTIVE

1953

anal–retentive

adjective anal–re·ten·tive \ˈān-əl-ri-ˈten-tiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANAL–RETENTIVE

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

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