Origin of obsessive
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Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
McCauley may have married beneath her station, but Gordon-Levitt has obsessive fans.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as “infomania.”I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
To his detractors, he was a half-mad paranoiac who nearly destroyed the CIA in his obsessive search for a Soviet mole.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
Besides his obsessive preparations, Leslie introduced another tool to the bank-robbing trade —“the little joker.”The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
The most common of these obsessive acts is washing with water (washing obsession).Totem and Taboo
Throughout his literary activity it has an obsessive hold on his mind.Prophets of Dissent
Soukanhoff was right in warning the obsessive to beware of pedantry.
Their obsessive striving for the man proves to be determined by their restless flight from the woman.Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex
Retrospective worry can be absolutely eliminated from the most obsessive mind by the practice of the veteran's philosophy.
- psychiatry motivated by a persistent overriding idea or impulse, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
- continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing
- psychiatry a person subject to obsession
- a person who is continually preoccupied with a particular activity, person, or thing
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Word Origin and History for obsessive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, characteristic of, or causing an obsession.
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