- The definition of a compulsion is an irresistible urge to do something or on obsession with something, or a constraint or an unstoppable force causing action.
- When you are required to attend an event, this is an example of a time when you attend because of a compulsion to attend.
- When you feel an unstoppable urge to have a cigarette, this is an example of a time when you feel a compulsion to smoke.
- a compelling or being compelled; coercion; constraint
- that which compels; driving force
- Psychol. an irresistible, repeated, irrational impulse to perform some act
Origin: Middle English and amp; Late Latin compulsio ; from Classical Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere: see compel
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- a. The act of compelling.b. The state of being compelled.
- a. An irresistible impulse to act, regardless of the rationality of the motivation: “The compulsion to protect the powerful from the discomfort of public disclosure feeds further abuse and neglect” (Boston Globe).b. An act or acts performed in response to such an impulse.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin compulsiō, compulsiōn-, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere, to compel; see compel.
compulsion - Cultural Definition
In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”
compulsion - Medical Definition