- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
Though an affable enough personality, Murdoch is a compulsively aggressive businessman.Murdoch's Italian Offensive
June 10, 2009
The way my imagination works is that I compulsively imagine alternative scenarios to the situations in my life.Way Out of Sarajevo
May 14, 2009
Historical Examples of compulsively
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
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
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.