obsessive-compulsive

adjective
ob·​ses·​sive-com·​pul·​sive | \ äb-ˈse-siv-kəm-ˈpəl-siv How to pronounce obsessive-compulsive (audio) , əb- \

Definition of obsessive-compulsive

: relating to or characterized by recurring obsessions and compulsions especially as symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder an obsessive-compulsive personality obsessive-compulsive behavior

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obsessive-compulsive noun

First Known Use of obsessive-compulsive

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Obsessive-compulsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsessive-compulsive. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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obsessive-compulsive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of obsessive-compulsive

psychology : relating to or having a mental illness that involves repeating actions or thinking about certain things too much

obsessive-compulsive

adjective

Medical Definition of obsessive-compulsive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or characterized by recurring obsessions and compulsions especially as symptoms of an obsessive-compulsive disorder

obsessive-compulsive

noun

Medical Definition of obsessive-compulsive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with an obsessive-compulsive disorder

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