Compulsivity



[kuh m-puhl-siv] /kəmˈpʌl sɪv/

adjective
1.
compelling; compulsory.
2.
Psychology.

noun
3.
Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a .
/kəmˈpʌlsɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to or involving compulsion
noun
2.
(psychiatry) an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
adj.

c.1600, from French compulsif, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1902. As a noun, attested from 1630s; psychological sense from 1957. Related: Compulsively; compulsiveness.

compulsive com·pul·sive (kəm-pŭl’sĭv)
adj.
Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession. n.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

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