Compulsion meaning

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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.

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That which compels; driving force.
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A compelling or being compelled; coercion; constraint.
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An irresistible, repeated, irrational impulse to perform some act.
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An irresistible impulse to act, regardless of the rationality of the motivation.
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An act or ritual that a person feels compelled to perform repeatedly, often to reduce the distress caused by an obsession.
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An irrational need to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.

During the basketball game, I had a sudden compulsion to have a smoke.

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The use of authority, influence, or other power to force (compel) a person or persons to act.
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The lawful use of violence (i.e. by the administration).
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Origin of compulsion

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin compulsiō compulsiōn- from Latin compulsus past participle of compellere to compel compel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French compulsion, from Late Latin compulsiō, from Latin compellere (“to compel, coerce”); see compel.

    From Wiktionary