- An irrational need to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.
During the basketball game, I had a sudden compulsion to smoke; however, I did not have any cigarettes with me.
- The lawful use of violence (i.e. by the Administration).
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
COMPULSION, n. The eloquence of power.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Com*pul"sion (?), n. [L.
compulsio. See Compel.] The act of compelling,
or the state of being compelled; the act of driving or urging by
force or by physical or moral constraint; subjection to
If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I
would give no man a reason upon compulsion.
With what compulsion and laborious
We sunk thus low.
Syn. -- See Constraint.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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