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anal-retentive

Definition:

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, and so on

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more anal-retentive

Superlative:

most anal-retentive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

anal | anally retentive | anal retentive [predicate]

Etymology:

anal + retentive
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Anal retentiveness | anal retentive | anally retentive | anal

used to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis. In Freudian psychology, the anal... (38 of 391 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Anal retentiveness

Collins Dictionary:

anal-retentive

[psychology, psychiatry] exhibiting anal personality traits | [insulting, informal] being excessively concerned with trivial details (14 of 284 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anal-retentive 1

New World Dictionary:

anal | anal-retentive [sense-specific] | anally [adverb, related]

of or near the anus | [psychoanalysis] ; designating or of the second stage of psychosexual development, in which interest centers in excretory ... (22 of 63 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anal

Oxford Dictionary:

anal-retentive | anal retention [derived] | anal retentiveness [derived]

[psychoanalysis] : excessively orderly and fussy (supposedly owing to conflict over toilet-training in infancy). | a person who is excessively orderly ... (20 of 45 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/anal--retentive

Merriam-Webster:

anal-retentive | anal-retentiveness [noun, related]

exhibiting or typifying personality traits (as frugality and obstinacy) held to be psychological consequences of toilet training (17 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anal-retentive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anal-retentive | anally retentive

see anal (2 of 27 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anal-retentive 1

American Heritage Dictionary:

anal-retentive [psychology]

Indicating personality traits, such as meticulousness, avarice, and obstinacy, originating in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile ... (18 of 25 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anal-retentive

Wiktionary:

anal-retentive | fastidious [synonym, sense-specific]

[Freudian psychology] Preoccupied with achieving order and control and with collecting, possessing, and retaining objects. | Overly obsessive concerning small details. (20 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anal-retentive

Random House Dictionary:

anal retentive. | anal retentive

having an anal character. | a person who is anal retentive. (10 of 14 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anal-retentive

Cambridge Dictionary:

anally retentive [informal] | anal retentive

describes someone who is too worried about being organized and tidy (11 of 35 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anally-retentive

Encarta Dictionary:

anal | anal-retentive [psychoanalysis, sense-specific]

relating to or situated near the anus | in Freudian theory, relating to a stage of childhood psychosexual development during which the focus is on the ... (25 of 94 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695485​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

anal retentive

Origin: anal + retentive

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anal retentive

Online Etymology:

anal

First use: 1769

Origin: Modern Latin analis "of the anus"; see "anus". Anal-retentive first attested 1957, in psychological jargon.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=anal

Oxford Dictionary:

anal

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: modern Latin analis, from Latin anus (see "anus")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/anal

Collins Dictionary:

anal

First use: 18th century

Origin: from New Latin ānālis; see anus

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anal

New World Dictionary:

anal

Origin: Modern Latin analis from anus, "anus"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anal

American Heritage Dictionary:

anal

Origin: From Latin ānus, anus.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anal

Encarta Dictionary:

anal

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: modern Latin analis from anus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695485​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

anal retentive

Audio: Australian English pronunciation of "anal retentive"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anal retentive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anal-retentive

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of anally retentive

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anal-retentive 1

anal

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anal"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

anal-retentive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

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anal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anal"

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the Free Dictionary:

anal-retentive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/anal-retentive

anal

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "anal"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "anal"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "anal" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/anal

Google Dictionary:

anal-retentive | anal-retentives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

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anal

Audio: English pronunciation of "anal"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anal-retentive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=analr​01​m word=anal-retentive

anal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anal"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=anal​0001 word=anal

YourDictionary Audio:

anal-retentive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anal-retentive"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anal-retentive

anal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anal" by speech synthesizer

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anally retentive [informal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anally retentive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "anally retentive"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anally-retentive

anal [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anal"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "anal"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anal 1

Collins Dictionary:

anal

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anal"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anal

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