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- enPR: kəm-pŭl'shən
compulsion (plural compulsions)
- An irrational need to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.
2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
- It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
- During the basketball game, I had a sudden compulsion to have a smoke.
- The use of authority, influence, or other power to force (compel) a person or persons to act.
- The lawful use of violence (i.e. by the administration).
irrational need to perform some action
use of power to force a person to act
lawful use of violence