|1.||the act of compelling or the state of being compelled|
|2.||something that compels|
|3.||psychiatry See also obsession an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her will|
|[C15: from Old French, from Latin compellere to |
compulsion com·pul·sion (kəm-pŭl'shən)
An uncontrollable impulse to perform an act, often repetitively, as an unconscious mechanism to avoid unacceptable ideas and desires which, by themselves, arouse anxiety.
In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”