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Medical Term:

paranoid personality disorder

 

Definition:

  1. a personality disorder that is less debilitating than paranoid or delusional paranoid disorder; the essential feature is a pervasive and unwarranted tendency, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, to misinterpret the actions of others as deliberately exploitive, harmful, demeaning, or threatening.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): paranoid personality

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