- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM compulsive
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH compulsivecompulsive , impulsive
How to use compulsive in a sentence
To her credit, Carol openly admits that Harry is a “money pit,” with a long and pricey daily prescription list for his arthritis, chronic colitis, cracked paw pads and a range of obsessive-compulsive behaviors.A ‘money pit’ dog, an ailing owner and one big question|Diane Cole|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Maren Larsen, Buyer’s Guide deputy editorI read Strangers Drowning, a book by Larissa MacFarquhar about extreme, seemingly compulsive altruists.
I have used this compulsiveness to jump start myself in foreign languages.