Definition of pulsion
: the act or action of pushing or driving : propulsion these undirected and hence uncoordinated pulsions, so prevalent in childhood — H. A. Murray —opposed to traction
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of pulsion
Late Latin pulsion-, pulsio, from Latin pulsus (past participle of pellere to beat, drive, push) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at felt
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up pulsion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).