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Indicating personality traits, such as conceit, ambition, and generosity, supposed by psychoanalytic theory to originate during the anal stage in habits, attitudes, or values associated with infantile pleasure in the expulsion of feces.
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anal-expulsiveA term applied by some psychoanalysts to people who show certain personality traits such as ambition, conceit or suspicion. These traits are said to manifest habits, attitudes and values associated with the infantile pleasure in the expulsion of faeces. See also ANAL-RETENTIVE, FREUDIAN THEORY.
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