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English definition of “compulsive”


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