compulsive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French compulsif, formed from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (to compel), from com- (together) + pellere (to drive).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpʌlsɪv/
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Adjective[edit]

compulsive (comparative more compulsive, superlative most compulsive)

  1. Uncontrolled or reactive and irresistible.
  2. Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
    • a. 1729, Samuel Clarke, The Doctrines of Religion reasonable to be believed
      Religion is [] inconsistent with all compulsive Motives.

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Noun[edit]

compulsive (plural compulsives)

  1. One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

compulsive

  1. feminine singular of compulsif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

compulsive

  1. feminine plural of compulsivo