Definition of anal–retentive
: exhibiting or typifying personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training
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ANAL–RETENTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anal–retentive for English Language Learners
: extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise
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