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noun Psychiatry.
any of a group of mental disorders characterized by deeply ingrained maladaptive patterns of behavior and personality style, which are usually recognizable as early as adolescence and are often lifelong in duration.
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Origin of personality disorder

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for personality disorder

personality disorder

noun
psychiatry any of a group of mental disorders characterized by a permanent disposition to behave in ways causing suffering to oneself or others
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Medical definitions for personality disorder

personality disorder

n.
Any of a group of disorders in which patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about one's self and one's environment interfere with the long-term functioning of an individual, often manifested in deviant behavior and lifestyle.
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Scientific definitions for personality disorder

personality disorder
[ pûr′sə-nălĭ-tē ]

Any of a group of psychiatric disorders in which a person's abnormal self-perception or ability to relate to others results in undesirable behaviors and interferes with normal social and emotional functioning.
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