Definition of anal-retentive
- Overextending psychic energy during the process of toilet training by holding back can result in fixating at the anal stage, creating an anal retentive personality as an adult. The anal retentive personality is characterized by the tendency to cope with conflicts later in life by demonstrating an extreme sense of cleanliness and orderliness, such as dusting furniture or waxing the car when troubled.
- —Bernardo J. Carducci
- … is his father's clone—intense, focused, fuddy-duddy, severely anal-retentive, or as Archie puts it, "a neat freak."
- —Curry Kirkpatrick
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- Anal-retentives hoping to use PCs to organize their lives …
- —The Washington Post
anal-retentivenessor anal retentiveness noun
- … maybe it's my anal retentiveness, my futile attempts to bring order to a chaotic world. Who knows? All I know is there's no more beautiful sight than firewood stacked in long, perfect rows.
- —Craig Wilson