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compulsive

adjective uk   us   /kəmˈpʌl.sɪv/
C2 doing something a lot and unable to stop doing it: a compulsive liar/thief/eater compulsive gambling a compulsive eating disorderC2 If a film, play, sports event, book, etc. is compulsive, it 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.
compulsively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
too much and in a way that shows you are unable to stop: She exercises/cleans/works compulsively.
compulsiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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