Compulsive meaning

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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.

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Having the capacity to compel.

A frightening, compulsive novel.

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Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
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A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.
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Of, having to do with, or resulting from compulsion.
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Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
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A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.
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Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
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One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.
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Origin of compulsive

  • From French compulsif, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (“to compel”), from com- (“together”) + pellere (“to drive”).
    From Wiktionary