What does compulsion mean?

Definitions for compulsion
kəmˈpʌl ʃəncom·pul·sion

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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.

    Etymology: From compulsio, from compellere; see compel.

  2. compulsion(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From compulsio, from compellere; see compel.

  3. compulsion(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. compulsion

    Is a constraint upon the will whereby an officer is urged to that which his judgment disapproves, and which, it is to be presumed, his will (if left to itself) would reject. As punishments are, therefore, only inflicted for the abuse of that free will which God has given to man, it is highly just and equitable that an officer should be excused for those acts which are done through unavoidable force and compulsion.

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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

Examples of compulsion in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    We will move as expeditiously as possible, but we have to see what witnesses are going to make themselves available and what witnesses are going to require compulsion.


    As long as you’re taking advice from others, you are not integrated nor total - every move will be out of compulsion, only a half-hearted attempt; but the moment you act from within, you move into a totally different dimension, you enter a new space of a self-propelled & motivated, driven by no-mind state.

  3. Jeremy Boberg:

    Eighty-five to 90 percent of my clients that come in annually have a sexual addiction or compulsion.For the first time in the human race, you can make love to your computer, smartphone, or tablet anytime, anywhere, and the human brain was not designed for this, it’s cocaine on steroids. It’s touch deprivation, so you don’t need to go to your spouse or your significant other for that connection, which is paramount to cultivating relationships.

  4. Lew Rockwell:

    Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state. That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    Senior White House officials will move as expeditiously as possible, but Senior White House officials have to see what witnesses are going to make themselves available and what witnesses are going to require compulsion.

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