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English definition of “compulsion”

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.Feelings of desire

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.
See also
Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
(Definition of compulsion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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