compulsive

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French compulsif, formed from Latin compulsus, past participle of compellere (to compel), from com- (together) + pellere (to drive).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kəmˈpʌlsɪv/
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AdjectiveEdit

compulsive (comparative more compulsive, superlative most compulsive)

  1. Uncontrolled or reactive and irresistible.
    Jenny is a compulsive liar - don't believe a thing she says.
  2. Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
    • a. 1729, Samuel Clarke, The Doctrines of Religion reasonable to be believed:
      Religion is [] inconsistent with all compulsive Motives.

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NounEdit

compulsive (plural compulsives)

  1. One who exhibits compulsive behaviours.

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AdjectiveEdit

compulsive

  1. feminine singular of compulsif

ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kom.pulˈsi.ve/
  • Rhymes: -ive
  • Hyphenation: com‧pul‧sì‧ve

AdjectiveEdit

compulsive

  1. feminine plural of compulsivo