anankastic personality

[ an-uh n-kas-tik, an-ang- ]
/ ˌæn ənˈkæs tɪk, ˌæn æŋ- /


a personality syndrome characterized by obsessional or compulsive traits.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019