Definition of anal–retentive
: 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>
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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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