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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.
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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
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Compulsiveness makes it difficult for many users to control the drugs despite their harmful consequences.
The current study showed "annoyance for not being able to use the smartphone, clinging to phone all the time, feeling stressed if the phone was not used for a week, knowing the adverse impact on academic performance, sleep deprivation, and compulsiveness for taking calls while studying, knowledge of the fraudulent practices with smartphones and using smartphones to avert loneliness" as the most recurring responses in terms of psychological and behavioral attributes of nomophobia.
The six-point scale would help label games for their compulsiveness, propensity to violence, capacity for sleep disruption and addictive reward mechanisms.
During Devina's follow-up visit at the bariatric clinic, the RN-CCTM discovers she has experienced increased anxiety and obsessive compulsiveness. Devina is extremely distrustful of those around her and has experienced panic episodes at home.
What came across was a sense of compulsiveness. The dabbed-on impasto at times had a Plasticine-like texture, while other areas were splashed on in a more free-flowing manner, but overall a painterly charm sat in surprising contrast to the crass imagery.
Internet addicts share characteristics such as salience, mood changing, tolerance, conflict, and relapse (Hollander &Stein, 2006), have a high level of psychological problems such as low self-worth, depression, and compulsiveness (Kim et al., 2006; Young, 1998), and hold an enhancing risk of preoccupation with the internet (Cho et al., 2008).
Just look at the multitude of organizing containers designed and sold at Muji, a Japanese everything store, one of my favorite places to soothe my compulsiveness. Over the years I have used slant symmetry to push the edge of my perfectionism away.
The play-like compulsiveness of the arts, their capacity to engage our attention, and their rapid modulation of high-density patterns of information make them one of our humanely natural ways of amplifying the power of our minds to learn and strategize how to handle information.
As far as obsessiveness and compulsiveness are concerned, the variables perfectionism and excessive responsibility do not appear in the predictive model.
Autoerotic asphyxiation stands in, metonymically, for the secret that is the strength of male desire and its compulsiveness.