obsessive-compulsive

obsessive-compulsive
noun
a person with obsessive-compulsive characteristics
Derivationally related forms: ↑obsessive-compulsive disorder
Hypernyms: ↑neurotic, ↑psychoneurotic, ↑mental case
adjective
characterized by obsessions and compulsions (Freq. 1)
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obsessive-compulsive neurosis

Similar to: ↑neurotic, ↑psychoneurotic
Derivationally related forms: ↑obsessive-compulsive disorder

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I. \\ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ adjective
: relating to or characterized by obsessions and compulsions especially as symptoms of a neurotic state — compare anankastic
II. noun (-s)
: a person affected with an obsessive-compulsive neurosis

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/euhb ses"iv keuhm pul"siv/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.
2. Psychiatry. of or pertaining to a neurosis characterized by persistent intrusion of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or the performance of actions, as repeated hand-washing, that one is unable to stop (compulsions).
n.
3. a person having such a personality style.
[1925-30]

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obsessive-compulˈsive adjective (psychiatry)
Denoting a form of neurosis in which the sufferer is driven to perform a particular act repeatedly
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Main Entry:obsess

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adj
psychology : relating to or having a mental illness that involves repeating actions or thinking about certain things too much

obsessive-compulsive behavior

a patient with obsessive-compulsive disorder

an obsessive-compulsive person/patient = a person/patient who is obsessive-compulsive

obsessive-compulsive noun, pl -sives [count]

treatment for obsessive-compulsives [=people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder]


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