anal–retentive

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

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


ANAL–RETENTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

anal–retentive

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

Definition of anal–retentive for English Language Learners

  • : extremely or overly neat, careful, or precise


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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