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n. pl. ster·e·o·ty·pies
a. Excessive repetition or lack of variation in movements, postures, or patterns of speech, especially when viewed as a symptom of certain developmental or psychiatric disorders.
b. Abnormal, repeated, nonfunctional behavior, such as pacing or chewing, in a captive or domesticated animal.
2. Printing The process or art of making stereotype plates.
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1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the act or process of making stereotype printing plates
2. (Psychology) a tendency to think or act in rigid, repetitive, and often meaningless, patterns
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ster•e•o•typ•y(ˈstɛr i əˌtaɪ pi, ˈstɪər-)
1. the stereotype process.
2. persistent repetition of speech or movement, sometimes occurring as a symptom of schizophrenia or other disorder.
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