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compulsion

com·pul·sion

compulsion

 
 
pronunciation:
km puhl shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: coercion or constraint; act of compelling.
His service in His Majesty's Navy was not voluntary but was brought about by compulsion.
synonyms:
coercion, constraint, duress, enforcement
similar words:
control, force, influence, power, pressure
definition 2: the state of being compelled or coerced.
They turned in their neighbors to the police under compulsion of the law.
similar words:
authority, coercion, control, duress, necessity, power
definition 3: an irresistible impulse, usu. to do or say something opposed by one's rational mind.
Her checking of whether the stove was turned off had become so frequent that it appeared to have become a compulsion.
similar words:
drive, impetus, impulse, impulsion, obsession, urge
Word Parts
The word compulsion contains the following part:
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push