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obsessive–compulsive Syllabification: ob·ses·sive–com·pul·sive

Definition of obsessive–compulsive in English:


Denoting or relating to a disorder in which a person feels compelled to perform certain meaningless actions repeatedly in order to alleviate obsessive fears or intrusive thoughts, typically resulting in severe disruption of daily life.
Example sentences
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition that affects 2% of the population.
  • For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsession creates a maze of persistent, unwanted thoughts.
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder most often occurs in men.


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A person characterized by obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Example sentences
  • College students recalled ten specific events (e.g., giving a public performance) to test the hypothesis that obsessive-compulsives more often take the observing-self perspective in autobiographical memories.
  • It may also lessen the anxiety of many obsessive-compulsives who are afraid to undergo behavior therapy, thus allowing them to participate in the intensive psychological treatment.
  • Evidence suggests the first treatment for obsessive-compulsives should be behavior therapy.

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Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: iˈnäkyo͞oəs
not harmful or offensive