1) N-COUNT: oft N to-inf A compulsion is a strong desire to do something, which you find difficult to control.

He felt a sudden compulsion to drop the bucket and run...

It's a compulsion to write, more than talent, that makes a writer.

2) N-UNCOUNT If someone uses compulsion in order to get you to do something, they force you to do it, for example by threatening to punish you if you do not do it.

Many universities argued that students learned more when they were in classes out of choice rather than compulsion...

There is already an element of compulsion in existing government schemes for the unemployed.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • compulsion — [ kɔ̃pylsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1298; lat. compulsio 1 ♦ Dr. Vx Contrainte. 2 ♦ (de l angl.) Psychol., psychan. Impossibilité de ne pas accomplir un acte, lorsque ce non accomplissement est générateur d angoisse, de culpabilité. ● compulsion nom féminin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Compulsión — Compulsión: Es un término usado en psicoanálisis que define a un sujeto aparentemente sano que presenta una conducta adictiva u obsesiva irresistible ante una determinada situación subyugante. Contenido 1 Compulsión por el Hobby 2 Compulsión por… …   Wikipedia Español

  • compulsion — com·pul·sion /kəm pəl shən/ n 1: an act of compelling (as by threat or intimidation); specif: coercion a payment exacted by lawless compulsion E. A. Farnsworth and W. F. Young 2: the state of being compelled; specif …   Law dictionary

  • Compulsion — may refer to: Compulsive behavior, a psychological condition in which a person does a behavior compulsively, having an overwhelming feeling that they must do so Obsessive compulsive disorder, a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts… …   Wikipedia

  • Compulsion — Com*pul sion, n. [L. compulsio. See {Compel}.] 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. [1913 Webster] If reasons were as plentiful as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compulsión — Impulso irresistible, repetitivo e irracional para realizar un acto que por lo general es contrario a los propios juicios y valores, de tal forma que produce una ansiedad extrema si no se efectúa. Un tipo de compulsión es la compulsión repetitiva …   Diccionario médico

  • compulsión — 1. ‘Impulso o necesidad irresistible de hacer algo’: «Él tenía una incomprensible compulsión a subirse a todos los árboles» (Puga Silencio [Méx. 1987]). No debe confundirse con convulsión (‘sacudida o agitación violenta’; → convulsión, 1). 2 …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • compulsion — early 15c., from M.Fr. compulsion, from L. compulsionem (nom. compulsio) a driving, urging, noun of action from pp. stem of compellere compel (see COMPEL (Cf. compel)). Psychological sense is from 1909 in A.A. Brill s translation of Freud s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • compulsión — sustantivo femenino 1. Área: psicología Tendencia obsesiva a la repetición de determinadas acciones: Este chico está muy mal, se porta según la compulsión que lo domine. 2. Área: derecho Obligación de hacer algo, por mandato de una autoridad… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • compulsion — coercion, constraint, duress, *force, violence, restraint Analogous words: impelling or impulsion, driving or drive (see corresponding verbs at MOVE): pressure, *stress: necessity, exigency, *need Contrasted words: persuasion, inducement (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compulsion — [n] drive, obligation coercion, constraint, demand, drive, driving, duress, duty, engrossment, exigency, force, hang up, have on the brain*, monkey*, necessity, need, obsession, preoccupation, prepossession, pressure, tiger by the tail*, urge,… …   New thesaurus

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