[kuh m-puhl-siv] /kəmˈpʌl sɪv/
Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a .
relating to or involving compulsion
(psychiatry) an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
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)
Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession. n.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.
- Compulsory purchase
noun 1. purchase of a house or other property by a local authority or government department for public use or to make way for development, regardless of whether or not the owner wishes to sell
[kom-per-gey-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pərˈgeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. an early common-law method of trial in which the defendant is acquitted on the sworn endorsement of a specified number of friends or neighbors. /ˌkɒmpɜːˈɡeɪʃən/ noun 1. (law) (formerly) a method of trial whereby a defendant might be acquitted if a sufficient number of persons swore to his […]
[kom-per-gey-ter] /ˈkɒm pərˌgeɪ tər/ noun 1. a person who vouches for the innocence and truthful testimony of another.
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