- 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.
Origin of compulsive
Examples from the Web for compulsive
His detail seeking in our meetings is compulsive and a little nuts.
Sex and passion; compulsive, life-changing, soul-altering sex, all to be made more explicit than he had done in the past.
Compulsive writing, or hypergraphia, is a well-known, if uncommon, symptom of temporal lobe epilepsy.
I think one of the main issues would be that there may be a subgroup of people who may run into problems with compulsive use.
Sunday came and I was in better spirits; things were settling down, although there was that compulsive gum-chewing habit.
This word we have already defined as an unduly insistent and compulsive thought, habit of mind, or tendency to action.Why Worry?|George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
In the forefront of this group was John Rogers, whose hostility to the deist was articulate and compulsive.A Discourse Concerning Ridicule and Irony in Writing (1729)|Anthony Collins
How can you come out from your partial dogmas to enter Truth and find it alone dogmatic and compulsive?
Years ago the elder Pitt urged upon his countrymen the compulsive invocation, "Be one people."
Compulsive ideas are ideas which intrude, recur, and persist despite reason and will.Applied Psychology for Nurses|Mary F. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for compulsive
Word Origin and History for compulsive
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.