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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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In reality he was wide-eyed awake and merely under the nightroaming compulsion of his early self.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Then, my good friend, I said, do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent.
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.
When you come to fix your memory with a date in this way, it is wonderful what your memory will pick up for you upon that compulsion.
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 second type of symptom is compulsions - repetitive behaviours which temporarily reduce the anxiety caused by obsessions.
The second type of The second type of symptom is compulsions - repetitive behaviours which temporarily reduce the anxiety caused by obsessions.
An ancient spirit's curse lingers, manifesting in magical gifts that double as irresistible compulsions.
When I asked him the reason for being denied a ticket, he said it was because of political compulsions.
We all have a few compulsions - straightening books into an exact pile on a table, going back to check the tap isn't dripping, repeated visits to the kitchen to make sure the oven is switched off.
But if the compulsions interfere with a mother's functioning, they may indicate a psychological disorder.