Meaning of 'compulsion'

Find the meaning of the word ‘compulsion’

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Meaning of ‘compulsion’

3 definitions found.



using force to cause something to occur

Example: "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"

Synonyms: coercion


an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid

Example: "I felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident."


an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

Example: "They had a compulsion to wash their hands after touching anything."

Synonyms: obsession

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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