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com·pul·sive

compulsive

 
 
pronunciation:
km puhl sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)compulsive apparently, sexually, totally
(adj.)compulsive + noun behavior, bulimia, buying, collector, confession, craving, depression, desire, diarist, disorder, eater, eating, exercise, exercising, gambler, gambling, habit, hoarder, hoarding, liar, lying, maker, masturbation, meddler, mood, narcissism, need, overeating, pattern, perfectionism, personality, pleasure, repetition, ritual, runner, saver, shopper, shopping, striving, talker, thinking, thought, urge, use, washer, womanizing  [See all][See only the most frequent]
 
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  About this feature
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