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compulsive

com·pul·sive

compulsive

 
 
pronunciation:
km puhl sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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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
 
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.)
Word Parts
The word compulsive contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-
 
pel, puls Latin root that means drive, push