compulsive

[kuhm-puhl-siv]
adjective
1.
compelling; compulsory.
2.
Psychology.
a.
pertaining to, characterized by, or involving compulsion: a compulsive desire to cry.
b.
governed by an obsessive need to conform, be scrupulous, etc., coupled with an inability to express positive emotions.
noun
3.
Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a compulsion.

Origin:
1595–1605; obsolete compulse v. (< Latin compuls(us), past participle of compellere; see compulsion) + -ive

compulsively, adverb
compulsiveness, compulsivity [kuhm-puhl-siv-i-tee, kom-puhl-] , noun
noncompulsive, adjective
noncompulsively, adverb
quasi-compulsive, adjective
quasi-compulsively, adverb
uncompulsive, adjective
uncompulsively, adverb

compulsive, impulsive, impetuous (see synonym study at impetuous).
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compulsive (kəmˈpʌlsɪv)
 
adj
1.  relating to or involving compulsion
 
n
2.  psychiatry an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
 
com'pulsively
 
adv
 
com'pulsiveness
 
n

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compulsive
c.1600, from L. *compulsivus, from pp. stem of compellere (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1902. As a noun, attested from 1630s; psychological sense from 1957. Related: compulsively (c.1600).
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compulsive com·pul·sive (kəm-pŭl'sĭv)
adj.
Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession. n.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

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Example sentences
They are slacker and more anecdotal, and their rhythms drive forward less
  compulsively.
He was sparing both with budgets and with film, and compulsively private.
At his home they had already seen him compulsively realign silverware on his
  dining table and milk cartons in his refrigerator.
They act compulsively of boredom, and engage in self-harm to offset fear and
  apathy.
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