- 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 compulsively
Prisoners there became severely depressed: some began to compulsively mutilate themselves; others attempted suicide.
Put aside Santorum, who compulsively froths, and Romney who (to reverse a Hebrew saying) is always a weathervane, never a compass.
I came across this book in high school, and read it compulsively.
Though an affable enough personality, Murdoch is a compulsively aggressive businessman.
The way my imagination works is that I compulsively imagine alternative scenarios to the situations in my life.
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
She is spotless, obsessively purgatory, and compulsively tidy.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Other women might compulsively finish concealing themselves before snatching up the gun.The Old Die Rich|Horace Leonard Gold
I compulsively tell friends and strangers about things that I like.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for compulsively
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.