anankastic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Ancient Greek ἀναγκαστικός (anankastikós).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ænənˈkæstɪk/

Adjective[edit]

anankastic (comparative more anankastic, superlative most anankastic)

  1. (linguistics) Imperative, as in the anankastic conditional.[1]
  2. (psychology) Characterised by compulsion; obsessive-compulsive.
    • 1991: ‘You’re a classic anal-retentive,’ he says, ‘tirelessly absorbed by minutiae, anankastic in the extreme – it’s lucky you have me to deal with the broad sweep of things, to do the abstract thinking.’ — Will Self, ‘Mono-Cellular’, The Quantity Theory of Insanity

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