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compulsive

adjective  us   /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv/
having a very strong desire to do something repeatedly: We’re really not compulsive shoppers, you know.
compulsively
adverb  us   /kəmˈpʌl·sɪv·li/
He is compulsively neat.
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