- 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.
- comptroller general of the united states,
- comptroller of the currency,
- compulsive personality,
- compulsory purchase,
Origin of compulsive
Examples from the Web for compulsiveness
I have used this compulsiveness to jump start myself in foreign languages.
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.