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compulsion

  

      n  
1    the act of compelling or the state of being compelled  
2    something that compels  
3      (Psychiatry)   an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his will  
   See also       obsession  
     (C15: from Old French, from Latin compellere to compel)  
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compulsion

  
1    coercion, constraint, demand, duress, force, obligation, pressure, urgency  
2    drive, necessity, need, obsession, preoccupation, urge  

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