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compulsive

[kuh m-puhl-siv] /kəmˈpʌl sɪv/
adjective
1.
compelling; compulsory.
2.
Psychology.
  1. pertaining to, characterized by, or involving compulsion:
    a compulsive desire to cry.
  2. 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
1595-1605; obsolete compulse v. (< Latin compuls(us), past participle of compellere; see compulsion) + -ive
Related forms
compulsively, adverb
compulsiveness, compulsivity
[kuh m-puhl-siv-i-tee, kom-puhl-] /kəm pʌlˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒm pʌl-/ (Show IPA),
noun
noncompulsive, adjective
noncompulsively, adverb
quasi-compulsive, adjective
quasi-compulsively, adverb
uncompulsive, adjective
uncompulsively, adverb
Can be confused
compulsive, impulsive, impetuous (see synonym study at impetuous)
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British Dictionary definitions for compulsiveness

compulsive

/kəmˈpʌlsɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to or involving compulsion
noun
2.
(psychiatry) an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
Derived Forms
compulsively, adverb
compulsiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for compulsiveness

compulsive

adj.

c.1600, from French compulsif, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1902. As a noun, attested from 1630s; psychological sense from 1957. Related: Compulsively; compulsiveness.

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compulsiveness in Medicine

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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