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compulsion

noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

: 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

Full Definition of COMPULSION

1
a :  an act of compelling :  the state of being compelled
b :  a force that compels
2
:  an irresistible persistent impulse to perform an act (as excessive hand washing); also :  the act itself
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Examples of COMPULSION

  1. I gave in to one of my compulsions and ordered the chocolate dessert.
  2. 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

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COMPULSION Defined for Kids

compulsion

noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

Definition of COMPULSION for Kids

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.>
Medical Dictionary

compulsion

noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

Medical Definition of COMPULSION

:  an irresistible persistent impulse to perform an act (as excessive hand washing); also :  the act itself—compare obsession, phobia

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