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compulsion

noun uk   /kəmˈpʌl.ʃən/ us  

compulsion noun (WANT)

[C] a very strong feeling of wanting to do something repeatedly that is difficult to control: For many people, dieting is a compulsion. [+ to infinitive] I seem to have a constant compulsion to eat.

compulsion noun (FORCE)

[S or U] a force that makes you do something: He seems to be driven by some kind of inner compulsion. [+ to infinitive] We were under no compulsion to attend. Don't feel under any compulsion to take me with you.
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