Definition of compulsive
- forced to resort to compulsive measures
- compulsive actions
- a compulsive gambler
- compulsive eating
his compulsive clowning around can sometimes be annoying
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: caused by a desire that is too strong to resist : impossible to stop or control
: not able to stop or control doing something
: very interesting
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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