- 1 [mass noun] The action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint: the payment was made under compulsionMore example sentences
- Parliament has since amended the law, in the light of that judgment, to make evidence obtained under compulsion inadmissible.
- If at all they had called her, it had been under compulsion from either the film directors or the producers.
- The property is not seized, but has to be handed over under compulsion, with refusal generally constituting contempt.
- 2An irresistible urge to behave in a certain way: he felt a compulsion to babble on about what had happenedMore example sentences
- Assessments were made using the BDI, and clinician rated obsessions and compulsions for each individual patient.
- The value of the SSRIs to treat the obsessions and compulsions associated with TS remains to be resolved.
- They can sometimes recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are unrealistic.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin compulsio(n-), from compellere 'to drive, force' (see compel).