- 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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Origin of compulsive
OTHER WORDS FROM compulsive
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH compulsivecompulsive , impulsive
Example sentences from the Web for compulsive
Fluvoxamine, which is sold as Luvox, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, typically prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder.The antidepressant fluvoxamine could keep mild COVID-19 from worsening|Esther Landhuis|February 1, 2021|Science News
By that point, worry about my health, specifically obsessive-compulsive disorder, had become too painful to ignore.Coronavirus is testing those of us with anxiety. We need to have mental health help available when the pandemic ends.|Sarah Vander Schaaff|January 30, 2021|Washington Post
The good news is that even if you don’t have a lot of it, or you have too much of it and you’re obsessive-compulsive, you can change.
I’ve heard stories of constant “twitching,” or compulsive bird chasing, nearly ending serious romantic relationships.
This inscription has been my compulsive form of protest since the mid-’90s.A South Dakota Story: Andrew Jackson, Indian Killer|Eugene Robinson|November 26, 2020|Ozy
Yet somehow the drama of the tiny moments of her utterly ordinary life keep you turning pages compulsively.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’|Jennie Yabroff|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prisoners there became severely depressed: some began to compulsively mutilate themselves; others attempted suicide.
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|Nina Strochlic|March 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Put aside Santorum, who compulsively froths, and Romney who (to reverse a Hebrew saying) is always a weathervane, never a compass.
She hoarded water compulsively and was consumed with panic that her baby might not survive.
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
She is spotless, obsessively purgatory, and compulsively tidy.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
The government compulsively contracted the press by their twenty stationary printers; and behold!Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
I compulsively tell friends and strangers about things that I like.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow