compulsive

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adjective com·pul·sive \kəm-ˈpəl-siv\

Definition of compulsive

  1. 1 :  having power to compel forced to resort to compulsive measures

  2. 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

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Examples of compulsive in a Sentence

  1. his compulsive clowning around can sometimes be annoying

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Origin and Etymology of compulsive

see compulsion


First Known Use: 1588


COMPULSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

compulsive

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adjective com·pul·sive \kəm-ˈpəl-siv\

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

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compulsive

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adjective com·pul·sive \-ˈpəl-siv\

Medical Definition of compulsive

  1. :  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

\kəm-ˌpəl-ˈsiv-ət-ē, ˌkäm-\play noun plural

compulsivities

Prozac, which increases the amount of serotonin sloshing around brain circuits, seems to reduce the compulsivity of autism.—Karen Springen, Newsweek, 13 May 1996

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compulsive

noun com·pul·sive

Medical Definition of compulsive

  1. :  one who is subject to a psychological compulsion



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