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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compulsivity - 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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Indiana5 recognizes the National Council of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity as a legitimate continuing education sponsor.
Similarities and differences between pathological gambling and substance use disorders: a focus on impulsivity and compulsivity.
On the other hand, researchers have suggested that compulsive buying is also related to impulsivity, that is, the tendency to buy spontaneously, thoughtlessly, and immediately, and to experience pleasure, gratification, and lack of control over the urge to buy, as distinct from compulsivity, which is when individuals, with a preoccupation with buying, chronically and repetitively buy in response to negative events or feelings to reduce distress and anxiety.
Manning, "The impact of Internet pornography on marriage and the family: A review of the research", Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity 13, no.
These items assess compulsivity over eating and associated negative emotions, namely disgust and negative physical sensations such as feeling uncomfortably full.
Researchers and counselors may refer to nonnormative behaviors as sexual impulsivity, sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity, out-of-control sexual behavior, sexual dependency, or hypersexuality.
Exploring the internet's role in sexual compulsivity and out of control sexual thoughts/behavior: A qualitative study of gay and bisexual men in New York city.
Impulsivity, compulsivity and habit: the role of orbit frontal cortex revisited, Biological Psychiatry, 63: 253- 255(2008).