What does compulsion mean?

Definitions for compulsionkəmˈpʌl ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word compulsion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsion, irresistible impulse(noun)

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

    "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"

  2. compulsion, obsession(noun)

    an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

    "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"

  3. compulsion, coercion(noun)

    using force to cause something to occur

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


  1. compulsion(Noun)

    An irrational need to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.

    During the basketball game, I had a sudden compulsion to have a smoke.

  2. compulsion(Noun)

    The use of authority, influence, or other power to force (compel) a person or persons to act.

  3. compulsion(Noun)

    The lawful use of violence (i.e. by the administration).

  4. Origin: From compulsio, from compellere; see compel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compulsion(noun)

    the act of compelling, or the state of being compelled; the act of driving or urging by force or by physical or moral constraint; subjection to force


  1. Compulsion

    Compulsion was an Irish punk band. They formed in the 1990 by Josephmary and Sid Rainey as Thee Amazing Colossal Men. They signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, but after winning a lawsuit against their record label, they became 'Compulsion' in 1992. Joined by guitarist Garret Lee and drummer Jan-Willem Alkema, they moved to North London and signed to One Little Indian. They released several EPs and two albums. The first, Comforter, was labelled by the NME as part of the "New Wave of New Wave", while the second, The Future is Medium, saw them sport identical black outfits and orange hairdos. The group split in 1996, after which Lee formed Jacknife Lee, and later produced Snow Patrol and U2. Alkema joined China Drum and later Driven to Collision. Rainey is now a writer and has created and produced an animated children's TV series called Underground Ernie for the BBC. Josephmary now lives in Ireland.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compulsion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compulsion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Milton:

    Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

  2. Quran 2:263, Quran 2:263:

    There shall be no compulsion in religion.


    Man dwells between passion and compulsion

  4. Themistocles:

    I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.

  5. Dinesh D’Souza:

    Compulsion cannot produce virtue; it can only produce the outward semblance of virtue.

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