Definitions for compulsivekəmˈpʌl sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pul•sivekəmˈpʌl sɪv(adj.)

  1. pertaining to, characterized by, or involving compulsion:

    compulsive eating.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. characterized by perfectionism, rigidity, conscientiousness, and an obsessive concern with order and detail.

  3. compelling; compulsory.

  4. (n.)a compulsive person.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of compulsive:


com•pul′sive•nesskəm pʌlˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒm pʌl-(n.)

com•pul•siv•i•tykəm pʌlˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒm pʌl-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsive(adj)

    a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things

  2. compulsive(adj)

    caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion

    "compulsive drinking"

  3. compulsive, determined, driven(adj)

    strongly motivated to succeed

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. compulsive(adjective)əmˈpʌl sɪv

    impossible to stop

    compulsive habits/needs

  2. compulsiveəmˈpʌl sɪv

    unable to stop a harmful habit

    a compulsive gambler/drinker/liar


  1. compulsive(Noun)

    One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.

  2. compulsive(Adjective)

    uncontrolled or reactive and unconscious

  3. Origin: From compulsus, past participle of compellere, from + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compulsive(adj)

    having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion


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