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English definition of “compulsive”

compulsive

adjective     /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/
C2 doing something a lot and unable to stop doing it: a compulsive liar/thief/eater compulsive gambling a compulsive eating disorderAddictionDrug addiction C2 describes a film, play, sports event, book, etc. that is so interesting or exciting that you do not want to stop watching or reading it: I always find programmes about hospitals compulsive viewing. Her latest book is compulsive reading/a compulsive read.Exciting and interesting compulsively     /-li/ adverb too much and in a way that shows you are unable to stop: She exercises/cleans/works compulsively.AddictionDrug addiction compulsiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] AddictionDrug addiction
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