Definition of obsessive–compulsive in English:



  • Denoting or relating to an anxiety disorder in which a person feels compelled to perform certain stereotyped actions repeatedly to alleviate persistent fears or intrusive thoughts, typically resulting in severe disruption of daily life.

    ‘medications known to be effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorders’
    ‘levels of obsessive-compulsive behaviour’
    • ‘For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsession creates a maze of persistent, unwanted thoughts.’
    • ‘Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition that affects 2% of the population.’
    • ‘Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder most often occurs in men.’