Compulsion Definition

kəm-pŭlshən
compulsions
noun
compulsions
The act of compelling.
American Heritage
A compelling or being compelled; coercion; constraint.
Webster's New World
That which compels; driving force.
Webster's New World
An irresistible, repeated, irrational impulse to perform some act.
Webster's New World
An act or acts performed in response to such an impulse.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Compulsion

Noun

Singular:
compulsion
Plural:
compulsions

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

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