compulsive

adjective com·pul·sive \ kəm-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of compulsive

1 :having power to compel
  • forced to resort to compulsive measures
2 :of, relating to, caused by, or suggestive of psychological compulsion or obsession
  • compulsive actions
  • a compulsive gambler
  • compulsive eating

compulsively

adverb

compulsiveness

noun

compulsivity

play \kəm-ˌpəl-ˈsi-və-tē, ˌkäm-\ noun

Examples of compulsive in a Sentence

  1. his compulsive clowning around can sometimes be annoying

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Origin and Etymology of compulsive


COMPULSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

compulsive

adjective

Definition of compulsive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

1

compulsive

adjective com·pul·sive \ -ˈpəl-siv \

medical Definition of compulsive

:of, relating to, caused by, or suggestive of psychological compulsion or obsession
  • repetitive and compulsive behavior
  • compulsive hoarding
  • a compulsive gambler

compulsively

adverb

compulsiveness

noun

compulsivity

play \kəm-ˌpəl-ˈsiv-ət-ē, ˌkäm-\ noun plural -ties
    • Prozac, which increases the amount of serotonin sloshing around brain circuits, seems to reduce the compulsivity of autism.
    • —Karen SpringenNewsweek13 May 1996

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compulsive

noun

medical Definition of compulsive

:one who is subject to a psychological compulsion


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