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com·pul·sion

 (kəm-pŭl′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act of compelling.
b. The state of being compelled.
2. An irresistible impulse to act, regardless of the rationality of the motivation: "He felt an animal compulsion to flee the hotel and the city" (Paul Theroux).
3. Psychiatry An act or ritual that a person feels compelled to perform repeatedly, often to reduce the distress caused by an obsession.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin compulsiō, compulsiōn-, from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere, to compel; see compel.]

compulsion

(kəmˈpʌlʃən)
n
1. the act of compelling or the state of being compelled
2. something that compels
3. (Psychiatry) psychiatry an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her will. See also obsession
[C15: from Old French, from Latin compellere to compel]

com•pul•sion

(kəmˈpʌl ʃən)

n.
1. the act of compelling; constraint; coercion.
2. the state or condition of being compelled.
3. a strong, usu. irresistible impulse to perform an act, esp. one that is irrational or contrary to one's will.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compulsiō, derivative (with -tiō -tion) of Latin compellere; see compel]

compulsion

An irresistible urge, often a neurotic reaction, taking such forms as having to wash one’s hands every few minutes or touching certain objects before leaving a room.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compulsion - an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
irrational impulse - a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation; "his first impulse was to denounce them"; "the urge to find out got him into trouble"
2.compulsion - an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
onomatomania - obsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness
3.compulsion - using force to cause something to occur; "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion"
causation, causing - the act of causing something to happen
constructive eviction, eviction - action by a landlord that compels a tenant to leave the premises (as by rendering the premises unfit for occupancy); no physical expulsion or legal process is involved

compulsion

noun
1. urge, need, obsession, necessity, preoccupation, drive He felt a compulsion to talk about his ex-wife all the time.
2. force, pressure, obligation, constraint, urgency, coercion, duress, demand Students learn more when they are in classes out of choice rather than compulsion.

compulsion

noun
Power used to overcome resistance:
Translations
إكْراه، إجْبار، ضَغْط عَلى
nátlak
tvang
kényszer
nauîung, òvingun
būtinaiprivalomaspriverstinai
piespiešana
pritisk

compulsion

[kəmˈpʌlʃən] N
1. (= urge) → compulsión f
2. (= force) under compulsiona la fuerza, bajo coacción
you are under no compulsionno tienes ninguna obligación

compulsion

[kəmˈpʌlʃən] n
(= force) → contrainte f, force f
under compulsion → sous la contrainte
(= strong desire) → besoin m
to feel a compulsion to do sth → avoir la manie de faire qch

compulsion

nZwang m, → Druck m; (Psych) → innerer Zwang; under compulsionunter Druck or Zwang; you are under no compulsionSie sind nicht gezwungen, niemand zwingt Sie

compulsion

[kəmˈpʌlʃn] n
a.costrizione f, pressione f
under compulsion → sotto costrizione, dietro or sotto pressione
he is under no compulsion (to do it) → nessuno lo costringe (a farlo)

compulsion

(kəmˈpalʃən) noun
compelling or being compelled. You are under no compulsion to go.
comˈpulsory adjective
which must be done or carried out. Is it compulsory for me to attend the class?; a compulsory examination.
comˈpulsorily adverb

com·pul·sion

n. compulsión.

compulsion

n compulsión f
References in classic literature ?
Upon compulsion, sir,' interposed the locksmith, who felt that the tone in which this was said, conveyed the speaker's impression that he had ample excuse for yielding to the furious multitude who beset and hemmed him in, on every side, and among whom he stood, an old man, quite alone; 'upon compulsion, sir, I'll do nothing.
The Russians, on the contrary, ought according to tactics to have attacked in mass, but in fact they split up into small units, because their spirit had so risen that separate individuals, without orders, dealt blows at the French without needing any compulsion to induce them to expose themselves to hardships and dangers.
The foregoing incident of the National Saloon I have given in order again to show the lure, or draw, or compulsion, toward John Barleycorn in society as at present organised with saloons on all the corners.
And it is like bending back a stiff spring: it is by compulsion that I do the slightest act not prompted by one thought; and by compulsion that I notice anything alive or dead, which is not associated with one universal idea.
Of course, authority and compulsion are out of the question.
Perhaps the president of a corps notices that one of the membership who is no longer an exempt--that is a freshman-- has remained a sophomore some little time without volunteering to fight; some day, the president, instead of calling for volunteers, will APPOINT this sophomore to measure swords with a student of another corps; he is free to decline--everybody says so--there is no compulsion.
It is not long since it contained forty provinces; but is now not much bigger than all Spain, and consists but of five kingdoms and six provinces, of which part is entirely subject to the Emperor, and part only pays him some tribute, or acknowledgment of dependence, either voluntarily or by compulsion.
Then all was peace, all friendship, all concord; as yet the dull share of the crooked plough had not dared to rend and pierce the tender bowels of our first mother that without compulsion yielded from every portion of her broad fertile bosom all that could satisfy, sustain, and delight the children that then possessed her.
And the case must be very flagrant in which its fallacy could be detected with sufficient certainty to justify the harsh expedient of compulsion.
The same principle prevails also in the choice of their senate; the manner of electing which is favourable also to an oligarchy; for all are obliged to vote for those who are senators of the first class, afterwards they vote for the same number out of the second, and then out of the third; but this compulsion to vote at the election of senators does not extend to the third and fourth classes and the first and second class only are obliged to vote for the fourth.
Michael never liked these lessons, for, looking down upon Kwaque, he hated in any way to be under the black's compulsion.
But for the urgency of conscience and the knowledge that I am before the bar of One who seeth not as man seeth, I should be under no compulsion to make the disclosure which has been my object in asking you to come here to-night.