Having a tendency to perform certain repetitive acts or ritualistic behavior to relieve anxiety, as in o. neurosis ( e.g., a compulsive, ritualistic need to wash one's hands many dozens of times per day).

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obsessive-compulsive adj relating to or characterized by recurring obsessions and compulsions esp. as symptoms of an obsessive-compulsive disorder
obsessive-compulsive n an individual affected with an obsessive-compulsive disorder

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ob·ses·sive-com·pul·sive (əb-sesґiv-kəm-pulґsiv) pertaining to obsessions and compulsions, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, or to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

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  • obsessive-compulsive — I noun a person with obsessive compulsive characteristics • Derivationally related forms: ↑obsessive compulsive disorder • Hypernyms: ↑neurotic, ↑psychoneurotic, ↑mental case II adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • obsessive-compulsive — adjective Date: 1927 relating to, characterized by, or affected with recurring obsessions and compulsions especially as symptoms of a neurotic state < obsessive compulsive disorder > • obsessive compulsive noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obsessive-compulsive — ob.sessive com pulsive adj technical someone who is obsessive compulsive tends to repeat particular actions in a way that is not necessary, because they have strong anxious feelings ▪ obsessive compulsive behaviour …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • obsessive-compulsive — obses′sive compul′sive adj. 1) psi of, pertaining to, or characterized by the persistent intrusion of unwanted thoughts accompanied by ritualistic actions, regarded as a form of neurosis 2) psi a person with obsessive compulsive characteristics • …   From formal English to slang

  • obsessive-compulsive — /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 …   Universalium

  • obsessive-compulsive — adjective Characterized by obsessions and compulsions, especially by the need to perform repetitive tasks …   Wiktionary

  • obsessive-compulsive — pertaining to an obsessional neurosis, caused by an obsessional neurosis …   English contemporary dictionary

  • obsessive–compulsive — adjective Psychiatry denoting or relating to a disorder in which a person feels compelled to perform certain actions repeatedly to alleviate persistent fears or intrusive thoughts …   English new terms dictionary

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