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anankastic personality

[ an-uhn-kas-tik, an-ang- ]
/ ˌæn ənˈkæs tɪk, ˌæn æŋ- /
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noun

a personality syndrome characterized by obsessional or compulsive traits.

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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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