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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