[ noun ] a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable


"his perfectionism seemed excessive to his students"

Used in print

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

The parent was asked to describe the child 's typical behavior in certain standard situations in which there was an opportunity to observe tendencies toward perfectionism in demands upon self and others , irrational conformity to rules , orderliness , punctuality , and need for certainty .

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