- compelling; compulsory.
- pertaining to, characterized by, or involving compulsion: a compulsive desire to cry.
- governed by an obsessive need to conform, be scrupulous, etc., coupled with an inability to express positive emotions.
- Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a compulsion.
Origin of compulsive
Examples from the Web for compulsively
Prisoners there became severely depressed: some began to compulsively mutilate themselves; others attempted suicide.The One Photo a Prisoner Wants to See
May 6, 2013
Have you been compulsively checking to see if white smoke has billowed from the Sistine Chapel yet?Your Guide to Pope-Picking: Conclave Songs, Livefeeds, Betting & More
March 12, 2013
Put aside Santorum, who compulsively froths, and Romney who (to reverse a Hebrew saying) is always a weathervane, never a compass.Please Shut Up
March 12, 2012
I came across this book in high school, and read it compulsively.Annette Gordon-Reed’s Book Picks
June 16, 2009
The compulsively aggressive Australian is a great businessman, writes press baron and Rupert frenemy Conrad Black.Murdoch's Italian Offensive
June 10, 2009
She is spotless, obsessively purgatory, and compulsively tidy.After the Rain
I compulsively tell friends and strangers about things that I like.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Neither State nor National Government is dependent one upon the other, he said; neither can act "compulsively" upon the other.The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
Other women might compulsively finish concealing themselves before snatching up the gun.The Old Die Rich
Horace Leonard Gold
- relating to or involving compulsion
- psychiatry an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
Word Origin and History for compulsively
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.
- Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
- A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.