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COMPULSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compulsion mean? 

COMPULSION (noun)
  The noun COMPULSION has 3 senses:

1. an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
2. an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will
3. using force to cause something

  Familiarity information: COMPULSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPULSION (noun)


Sense 1compulsion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

compulsion; irresistible impulse

Hypernyms ("compulsion" is a kind of...):

irrational impulse (a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation)


Sense 2compulsion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

obsession; compulsion

Hypernyms ("compulsion" is a kind of...):

irrational motive (a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compulsion"):

onomatomania (obsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness)


Sense 3compulsion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using force to cause something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

coercion; compulsion

Context examples:

though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game / they didn't have to use coercion

Hypernyms ("compulsion" is a kind of...):

causation; causing (the act of causing something to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "compulsion"):

constructive eviction; eviction (action by a landlord that compels a tenant to leave the premises (as by rendering the premises unfit for occupancy); no physical expulsion or legal process is involved)


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