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compulsion

Psychiatry an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her will

compulsion

[kəm′pəl·shən]
(psychology)
An irresistible, impulsive act performed by an individual against his conscious will and usually arising from an obsession.
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Ladislaw, which has a reference to higher than merely human claims, and as I have already said, is entirely independent of any legal compulsion.
It was the obnoxious apron-string, the first of the many compulsions she would exert upon him if he gave in.
Michael never liked these lessons, for, looking down upon Kwaque, he hated in any way to be under the black's compulsion.
They got out of the way, gave trail to the grown dogs, and gave up meat to them under compulsion.
Pickup and I parted company unexpectedly, on compulsion.
She did not understand this force of his being that rose mightier than her love and laid its compulsion upon him; and yet, in her woman's heart she was aware of the sweet pang which told her that for her sake, for Love's own sake, he had surrendered to her, abandoned all that portion of his life, and with this one last fight would never fight again.
Miss Margovan," I said, doubtless with something of the compassion in my voice that I had in my heart, "it is impossible not to think you the victim of some horrible compulsion.
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.
My views are harsh; the futility of so noble a soul as the Bishop will show you the compulsion for such harshness.
That early self lived in the present; but while it lived in the present, it was under the compulsion to live the way of life that must have been in that distant past.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
It looked as if Monsieur Darzac were being employed as the secretary of my young friend and acted as if he could refuse him nothing; nay, more, as if under a compulsion to do so.