Meaning of “pathological” in the English Dictionary

"pathological" in British English

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pathologicaladjective

uk /ˌpæθ.əˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˌpæθ.əˈlɑː.dʒɪ.kəl/

pathological adjective (NOT CONTROLLED)

informal (of a person) unable to control part of their behaviour; 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 /ˌpæθ.əˈlɒdʒ.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌpæθ.əˈlɑː.dʒɪ.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 control part 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)