oppositional disorder

[ ŏp′ə-zĭshə-nəl ]


A behavioral disorder in which an individual, usually between the ages of 3 and 18, exhibits a persistent pattern of disobedient and intentionally provocative opposition to authority figures. It is characterized by consistently negativistic behaviors such as temper tantrums, violation of rules, argumentativeness, and dawdling.

Nearby words

  1. opposite number,
  2. opposite number, one's,
  3. opposite prompt,
  4. opposite sex,
  5. opposition,
  6. oppositionist,
  7. oppress,
  8. oppressed,
  9. oppression,
  10. oppressive

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