• IPA: /kəmˈpʌlsɪv/


  1. Uncontrolled or reactive and irresistible.
    • 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:
      Under this Act, the term "disability" shall not include—...(2) compulsive gambling, kleptomania, or pyromania; or...
  2. Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
    • Religion is […] inconsistent with all compulsive motives.
Related terms Translations Noun

compulsive (plural compulsives)

  1. One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.

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