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a·nal-re·ten·tive

anal-retentive

 
pronunciation:
eI nl rih ten tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition: in psychoanalysis, having or showing unusual obstinacy, frugality, or an excessive concern with trivial details that supposedly results from conflict over toilet training in childhood.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who shows unusual obstinacy or frugality, or an excessive concern for trivial details.