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anal retentive

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adjective
having an anal character.
noun
a person who is anal retentive.
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British Dictionary definitions for anal retentive

anal retentive
/ psychoanal /

noun
a person who exhibits anal personality traits
adjective anal-retentive
exhibiting anal personality traits
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Medical definitions for anal retentive

anal-retentive

adj.
Indicating personality traits, such as meticulousness, avarice, and obstinacy, originating in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in retention of feces.
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