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Pronunciation: ob-ses'iv-kom-pul'siv

Definition: Having a tendency to perform certain repetitive acts or ritualistic behavior to relieve anxiety, associated with obsessive thoughts, as in obsessive-compulsive neurosis (a compulsive, ritualistic need to wash one's hands many dozens of times per day).

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