Dictionary Results for compulsion


1. compulsion - noun

· an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"

Synonym(s): irresistible_impulse

Hypernym(s): irrational_impulse




2. compulsion - noun

· an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"

Synonym(s): obsession

Hypernym(s): irrational_motive




3. compulsion - noun

· using force to cause something to occur; "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion"

Synonym(s): coercion

Hypernym(s): causing, causation





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