Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “compulsive”

compulsive

adjective    /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv/
having a very strong desire to do something repeatedly : We’re really not compulsive shoppers , you know . compulsively    /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv·li/ adverb He is compulsively neat .
(Definition of compulsive adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of compulsive

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Addiction, but you might be interested in these topics from the Drugs topic area:

Definitions of “compulsive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

scramble

to mix eggs with a little milk and mix again as they are being fried

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More