- compelling; compulsory.
- 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.
- Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a compulsion.
Origin of compulsive
Examples from the Web for compulsiveness
I have used this compulsiveness to jump start myself in foreign languages.Tom Reiss: How I Write
August 14, 2013
- relating to or involving compulsion
- psychiatry an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
Word Origin and History for compulsiveness
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.
- Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
- A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.