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"pathological" in British English

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pathologicaladjective

uk   /ˌpæθ.əˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/  us   /-ˈlɑː.dʒɪ-/
  • pathological adjective (NOT CONTROLLED)

informal (of a ​person) ​unable to ​controlpart of ​theirbehaviour; ​unreasonable: I've got a pathological ​fear of ​heights. Anthony's a pathological liar.
  • pathological adjective (DISEASE)

relating to or ​caused by a ​disease: a pathological ​condition/​complaint
pathologically
adverb uk   us   /-kəl.i/
(Definition of pathological from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pathological" in American English

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pathologicaladjective

 us   /ˌpæθ·əˈlɑdʒ·ɪ·kəl/
(of a ​person) ​unreasonable, or ​unable to ​controlpart of his or her ​behavior: a pathological ​fear of ​heights a pathological ​liar
of or caused by ​disease: a pathological ​laboratory
(Definition of pathological from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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