Definition of compulsion in English:

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compulsion

Pronunciation: /kəmˈpʌlʃ(ə)n/

noun

1 [mass noun] The action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint: the payment was made under compulsion
More 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.
Synonyms
obligation, constraint, force, coercion, duress, pressure, pressurization, enforcement, oppression, intimidation;
French force majeure
2An irresistible urge to behave in a certain way: he felt a compulsion to babble on about what had happened
More 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.
Synonyms
urge, impulse, need, necessity, desire, longing, motivation, drive;
obsession, fixation, addiction;
temptation, pull
US informal jones

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin compulsio(n-), from compellere 'to drive, force' (see compel).

Words that rhyme with compulsion

avulsion, convulsion, emulsion, expulsion, impulsion, propulsion, repulsion, revulsion

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