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noun [U]  /kəmˈpʌŋk·ʃən/ us  
a feeling of guilt or anxiety about something you have done or might do: I would have no compunction about quitting.
Translations of “compunction”
in Chinese (Traditional) 良心的不安, 內疚, 自責…
in Chinese (Simplified) 良心的不安, 内疚, 自责…
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