anal–retentive

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

Definition of anal–retentive

psychoanalytic theory

  1. :  exhibiting or typifying personality traits (such as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training —often used in nontechnical contexts to describe someone as extremely or excessively neat, careful, or precise < … is his father's clone—intense, focused, fuddy-duddy, severely anal-retentive, or as Archie puts it, “a neat freak.” — Curry Kirkpatrick>

anal–retentive

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anal–retentiveness

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1943

First Known Use of anal–retentive

1943


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


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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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