Meaning of “compulsive” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /kəmˈpʌlsɪv/

A compulsive habit is something that you do a lot because you want to so much that you cannot control yourself:

a compulsive eating disorder
a compulsive eater/gambler/liar, etc

someone who is unable to stop eating/lying, etc, despite knowing that they should stop


so interesting or exciting that you cannot stop reading, playing, or watching it:

This documentary about life in prison makes compulsive viewing.
compulsively adverb

(Definition of “compulsive” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)