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personality disorder Syllabification: per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der
Pronunciation: /ˌpərsnˈalədē diˈsôrdər/

Definition of personality disorder in English:


A deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behavior of a specified kind, typically manifest by the time one reaches adolescence and causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society.
Example sentences
  • The former have an avoidant personality style, the latter an avoidant personality disorder.
  • The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.
  • People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion.
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