[ kuhm-puhl-siv ]
/ kəmˈpʌl sɪv /
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- 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.
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Origin of compulsive
OTHER WORDS FROM compulsive
com·pul·sive·ly, adverbcom·pul·sive·ness, com·pul·siv·i·ty [kuhm-puhl-siv-i-tee, kom-puhl-], /kəm pʌlˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒm pʌl-/, nounnon·com·pul·sive, adjectivenon·com·pul·sive·ly, adverb
qua·si-com·pul·sive, adjectivequa·si-com·pul·sive·ly, adverbun·com·pul·sive, adjectiveun·com·pul·sive·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH compulsivecompulsive , impulsive
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Example sentences from the Web for compulsive
Mad Men is a show made by compulsives, for compulsives, that rewards compulsivity.
British Dictionary definitions for compulsive
/ (kəmˈpʌlsɪv) /
relating to or involving compulsion
psychiatry an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
Derived forms of compulsivecompulsively, adverbcompulsiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for compulsive
[ kəm-pŭl′sĭv ]
Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.
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