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See also: compulsión
- An irrational need or irresistible urge to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.
- During the basketball game, I had a sudden compulsion to have a smoke.
- 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in 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; […].
- The use of authority, influence, or other power to force (compel) a person or persons to act.
- 1941 May, “Jubilee of the City Tube”, in Railway Magazine, page 223:
- From the opening of the City & South London Railway independent electric locomotives were used under compulsion of the Board of Trade.
- 2016 January 17, "Wealthy cabals run America," Al Jazeera America (retrieved 18 January 2016):
- But Treaty translator and Ottawa leader Andrew Blackbird described the Treaty as made “not with the free will of the Indians, but by compulsion.”
- 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
- “compulsion” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “compulsion” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “compulsion”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
compulsion f (plural compulsions)