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Arrested development   /ərˈɛstəd dɪvˈɛləpmənt/   Listen
Arrested development

An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely.  Synonyms: fixation, infantile fixation, regression.

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"Arrested development" Quotes from Famous Books

... computation lasted over fourteen hundred years. It is safe enough to prophesy about the past. Everything I admit has a life, but I do not consider old age decay any more than I think exuberant youth immature childhood; death may be only arrested development and life itself an exhausted convention. Have you ever tried to count the number of reasons Gibbon gives (each one is a principal reason) for the cause of Roman decline? His philosophy reminds me of Flaubert's hero, who observed that if Napoleon had been content to remain ...
— Masques & Phases • Robert Ross

... staircase by which we mounted into it was merely a phase of that genial pause, as for second thought, in the march of progress which marks so much of the modern advance in Spain, and was by no means an evidence of arrested development. We had the choice of reaching our rooms either through the dining-room or by a circuitous detour past the pantries; but our rooms had a proud little vestibule of their own, with a balcony over the great square, and if one of them had a belated feather-bed the other had a new hair mattress, and ...
— Familiar Spanish Travels • W. D. Howells

Words linked to "Arrested development" :   abnormalcy, abnormality, fixation, regression

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