The definition of compulsive is having an obsessive urge to do something.
An example of a compulsive urge is a constant need to check and recheck a light switch.
of, having to do with, or resulting from compulsion
Origin of compulsiveMedieval Latin compulsivus
- Having the capacity to compel: a frightening, compulsive novel.
- Psychology Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.
- com·pul′sive·ness, com′pul·siv′i·ty
(comparative more compulsive, superlative most compulsive)
- One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.