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compulsion

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noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compulsion

  1. 1 a :  an act of compelling :  the state of being compelled b :  a force that compels

  2. 2 :  an irresistible persistent impulse to perform an act (as excessive hand washing); also :  the act itself

Examples of compulsion in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

compulsion

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noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

Definition of compulsion for Students

  1. 1 :  a very strong urge to do something <He felt a compulsion to say something.>

  2. 2 :  a force that makes someone do something <She was acting under compulsion.>

  3. 3 :  an act or the state of forcing an action <They got what they wanted through compulsion.>




Medical Dictionary

compulsion

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noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

Medical Definition of compulsion

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




Law Dictionary

compulsion

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noun com·pul·sion \kəm-ˈpəl-shən\

Legal Definition of compulsion

  1. 1 :  an act of compelling (as by threat or intimidation); specifically :  coercion <a payment exacted by lawless compulsion — E. A. Farnsworth and W. F. Young>

  2. 2 :  the state of being compelled; specifically :  duress



Additional Notes on compulsion

Compulsion can make a contract voidable or be a ground for damages or restitution. Compulsion may also be a defense to a criminal act.



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