anankastic personality

[an-uh n-kas-tik, an-ang-]

noun

a personality syndrome characterized by obsessional or compulsive traits.

Nearby words

  1. ananda,
  2. anandamide,
  3. anandrous,
  4. anangioplasia,
  5. ananias,
  6. ananke,
  7. ananthous,
  8. ananym,
  9. anapaest,
  10. anapest

Origin of anankastic personality

< Greek anankastikós compulsory, coercive, equivalent to anankast(ós) forced (adj. derivative of anankázein to force, compel, verbal derivative of anánkē force, necessity) + ikos -ic

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