oppositional defiant disorder

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Definition of oppositional defiant disorder 

: a disruptive behavior pattern of childhood and adolescence characterized by defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior especially toward adults in positions of authority abbreviation ODD

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Zachary Cruz was described as having oppositional defiant disorder. Brittany Wallman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broken relationship haunts brothers Nikolas and Zachary Cruz," 16 Apr. 2018 Her son, now 6, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and oppositional defiant disorders. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "‘My kids are happy again’: With Childhaven’s help, family escapes violent marriage," 16 Dec. 2017 Medical experts testified in the case that all the Finn children had diagnoses ranging from oppositional defiant disorder to attachment disorder to attention deficit disorder. Lee Rood, USA TODAY, "Mom convicted of murder in teen daughter's starvation death," 14 Dec. 2017

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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oppositional defiant disorder

noun
op·po·si·tion·al de·fi·ant disorder | \ˌäp-ə-ˈzish-nəl-di-ˈfī-ənt-, -ən-ᵊl- \

Medical Definition of oppositional defiant disorder 

: a disruptive behavior pattern of childhood and adolescence characterized by defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior especially toward adults in positions of authority abbreviation ODD

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