Simple Definition of compulsion
: a very strong desire to do something
: the act of using force or pressure to make someone do something
: the state of being forced to do something
Examples of compulsion
I gave in to one of my compulsions and ordered the chocolate dessert.
We should be able to get them to cooperate without using compulsion.
Origin of compulsion
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin compulsion-, compulsio, from Latin compellere to compel
First Known Use: 15th century
COMPULSION Defined for Kids
Definition of compulsion
1 : a very strong urge to do something <He felt a compulsion to say something.>
2 : a force that makes someone do something <She was acting under compulsion.>
3 : an act or the state of forcing an action <They got what they wanted through compulsion.>
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