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Meaning & Definition of Compulsion in English

English

Compulsion

/kəmpəlʃən/

noun

1. An urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid

  • "He felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
    synonym:
  • compulsion
  • ,
  • irresistible impulse

2. An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

  • "Her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
    synonym:
  • compulsion
  • ,
  • obsession

3. Using force to cause something to occur

  • "Though pressed into rugby under compulsion i began to enjoy the game"
  • "They didn't have to use coercion"
    synonym:
  • compulsion
  • ,
  • coercion