anal retentive


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anal retentive

n
(Psychoanalysis) a person who exhibits anal personality traits
adj
(Psychoanalysis) exhibiting anal personality traits
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Adj.1.anal retentive - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal regionanal retentive - a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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Since my anal retentive FSDO office doesn't like to do field approvals, I had to put my old antenna and my old Garmin back in again.
Jonathan has a large wall pinned with ancestral artifacts that identifies him as an anal retentive of the first order.
If SPJ crossed anyone's radar during the rest of the year, it was for copy editing workshops on whether or not anal retentive has a hyphen.
There are a few ways in which I am very anal retentive, or, as I like to say, `particular.