Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


1. Having the capacity to compel: a frightening, compulsive novel.
2. Psychology Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

com·pul′sive·ly adv.
com·pul′sive·ness, com′pul·siv′i·ty (kŏm′pŭl-sĭv′ĭ-tē, kəm-) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compulsiveness - the trait of acting compulsively
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
obsessiveness, obsessivity - extreme compulsiveness
workaholism - compulsiveness about working
References in periodicals archive ?
Compulsiveness is a highly adaptive trait that makes for diagnostic rigor.
This, whether inadvertent or intentional, augments the book and contributes to Sotos's successful rendering of destructive compulsiveness as subject in Comfort and Critique.
This iconography linked Cranston's carefully constructed paintings to her readymade-style installations - the mice motif, for example, echoed the tail trailing Prop for a Soul Singer - and revealed the kernel of her conceptualist soul-mining to be neither the bliss of redemption nor liberation through transcendence, but, rather, the compulsiveness of narrative itself.
His condition makes it difficult for him to articulate and results in compulsiveness at times, according to his parents, making it difficult for him to make friends.
Anti-Interiority: Compulsiveness, Objectification, and Identity in Infinite Jest.
Drawing on acts of avoidance, compulsiveness and suppression of emotions, not only provides marginalized sanctuaries of safety and self-protection from threats of pubertal changes, but also predisposes some men to simultaneously embrace behavior patterns offered by anorexia.
This emerging research stream has focused on individuals' perceptions of riskiness (Atchley, Atwood, and Boulton 2011), insufficient sleep (Dahl 2008), recklessness and its consequences (Harrison 2011), compulsiveness (Steelman et al.
Edvard (1992) developed a scale to measure the low to high levels compulsiveness in consumers' behavior.
And insofar as Morris has chosen to copy objects that often implicate the body--above all, his own--the immediacy, even compulsiveness, of self-invention is physically acute.
The Y-BOCS-BE is a modified version of Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale that measures the obsession of binge eating thoughts and compulsiveness of binge eating behaviors.
Unfortunately for us, such compulsiveness does not allay our anxiety but feeds it.
spatial context and the context of social interactions), consumer impulsiveness and compulsiveness, neuroscientific explanations of consumer choice, and evolutionary and ecological perspectives on consumer behavior.