- 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.
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The Martin House’s 12 ft by 15 ft bursar’s office, as it was called, was designed to accommodate the owner’s compulsive work habits.How Frank Lloyd Wright designed a distraction-free home office|Anne Quito|October 24, 2020|Quartz
Determined, stubborn, and tireless, she was motivated by what she described as an “almost compulsive desire to be busy and useful.”
There were all these people with Parkinson’s disease who started becoming compulsive gamblers.
This medication raised their levels of dopamine, which helped with the motor problems, but it also turned them into compulsive gamblers.
Other research and reporting suggest the pandemic has exacerbated symptoms for people with disordered eating, substance use disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and other diagnoses.What mental health professionals have learned six months into pandemic care|Marion Renault|October 8, 2020|Popular-Science
But it looks like it was created by crazed person with obsessive-compulsive behavior.
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.
“Obsessive-compulsive tendencies really help to enhance abilities,” Okun said.Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field|Michael Daly|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nowhere in the world, I am sure, does the "to be continued in our next" interest take hold on one with such a compulsive grip.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
In the hopes of averting so abhorrent, but compulsive an alternative.Social England under the Regency, Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Ashton.
He still takes us by the throat, but his grip is not compulsive.The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
Political and legal differences can be settled either by amicable or by compulsive means.
War is very often enumerated among the compulsive means of settling international differences.