Definition of compulsive in English:


Line breaks: com|pul¦sive
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpʌlsɪv




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  • He moved often from dwelling to dwelling, and had strange personal habits such as wearing filthy clothing while washing compulsively.
  • This intelligent, compulsively readable book draws from excellent life experience, artists' bios and pop culture.
  • Even last night, it was all that I could do not to start surfing through the cabinets for things to shove into my mouth compulsively.


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  • It is the nature of compulsiveness to go until you can't go anymore.
  • Low-involvement parents had higher levels of psychological distress across the domains of somatization, obsessive compulsiveness, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, and anxiety.
  • His long-term personality pattern shows features of compulsiveness and marked investment in self-regulation.


late 16th century (in the sense 'compulsory'): from medieval Latin compulsivus, from compuls- 'driven, forced', from the verb compellere (see compel). sense 1 (originally a term in psychology) dates from the early 20th century.

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