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compulsion British & World English

The action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint

compulsion English Thesaurus

he had been under no compulsion to go

repetition compulsion British & World English

(In Freudian theory) a compulsion characterized by the tendency to place oneself in circumstances or conditions which repeat or recreate a traumatic event from one's past, driven by the desire to gain mastery over the original traumatic event being recreated; also in extended use.