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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