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Noun: compulsion  kum'púl-shun
  1. An urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
    "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident";
    - irresistible impulse
  2. An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
    "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly";
    - obsession
  3. Using force to cause something to occur
    "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game";
    - coercion

Derived forms: compulsions

Type of: causation, irrational impulse, irrational motive

Encyclopedia: Compulsion