- anal retentive.
1. having an anal character.2. a person who is anal retentive.
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anal retentive — n an anal retentive individual … Medical dictionary
anal-retentive — UK / US or anally retentive UK / US See: anal … English dictionary
anal-retentive — [ā΄nəl ri ten′tiv] adj. ANAL1 (senses 2 & 3) * * * a·nal re·ten·tive (ā nəl rĭ tĕnʹtĭv) adj. Psychology Indicating personality traits, such as meticulousness, avarice, and obstinacy, originating in habits, attitudes, or values associated with… … Universalium
anal-retentive — [ā΄nəl ri ten′tiv] adj. ANAL1 (senses 2 & 3) … English World dictionary
Anal retentive — The term anal retentive (or anally retentive , anal retentive ), commonly abbreviated to anal , is used conversationally to describe a person with such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, and can be carried out… … Wikipedia
anal retentive — /eɪnəl rəˈtɛntɪv/ (say aynuhl ruh tentiv) noun 1. a person with traits such as orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, which are thought to be the result of fixation at the anal stage of development. –adjective Also, anal. 2. (of a person) having… … Australian English dictionary
anal retentive — adjective a stage in psychosexual development when the child s interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc. • Syn: ↑anal • Ant: ↑oral (for:… … Useful english dictionary
anal-retentive — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : exhibiting or typifying personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training • anal retentive noun • anal retentiveness noun * * * ˌanal reˈtentive [anal… … Useful english dictionary
anal-retentive — adjective Date: 1953 exhibiting or typifying personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training • anal retentive noun • anal retentiveness noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
anal retentive. — 1. having an anal character. 2. a person who is anal retentive … Useful english dictionary