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compulsive

com·pul·sive

compulsive

 
 
pronunciation:
km puhl sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: able to compel; compelling.
synonyms:
compelling
similar words:
compulsory
definition 2: driven by an obsession or compulsion.
Excessively frequent hand-washing was one of their daughter's compulsive behaviors.
synonyms:
driven, obsessive
similar words:
fanatical, uncontrollable
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part of speech: noun
definition: one whose behavior is caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
similar words:
fanatic, zealot
derivations: compulsively (adv.), compulsiveness (n.)
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