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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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And so Individualism exercises no compulsion over man.
Ladislaw, which has a reference to higher than merely human claims, and as I have already said, is entirely independent of any legal compulsion.
Never divining Joan's fluttering wildness, her blind hatred of restraint and compulsion, her abhorrence of mastery by another, and mistaking the warmth and enthusiasm in her eyes (aroused by his latest tale) for something tender and acquiescent, he drew her to him, laid a forcible detaining arm about her waist, and misapprehended her frantic revolt for an exhibition of maidenly reluctance.
To pack for days over the gale-swept passes or across the mosquito-ridden marshes, and to pack double the weight his comrade packed, did not involve unfairness or compulsion.
It was the obnoxious apron-string, the first of the many compulsions she would exert upon him if he gave in.
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.
Highcamp was a plain, bald-headed man, who only talked under compulsion.
Miranda would have allowed, on compulsion, that in the nature of things a large number of persons must necessarily be born outside this sacred precinct; but she had her opinion of them, and it was not a flattering one.
Developer Compulsion Games has apparently decided that the anticipated indie survival and exploration video game is still not ready, so the game's release has been pushed back.
1 (ANI): A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) named Prem Kumar Dhumal as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections, the Congress said that the party took the decision in compulsion.
It is common for people to carry out a compulsion to try and reduce the anxiety caused by an obsession," says Keira.