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Uncontrollable thoughts or impulses to perform an act, often repetitively, as an unconscious mechanism to avoid unacceptable ideas and desires which, by themselves, arouse anxiety; the anxiety becomes fully manifest if performance of the compulsive act is prevented; may be associated with obsessive thoughts.

Origin: L. Com-pello pp. -pulsus, to drive together, compel

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... for even the moral right to combat these things is the facilitation of earlier marriage for the coming generation. In late marriage alone lies the compulsion to retain an institution which, twist and turn as you like, is and remains a disgrace to humanity, an institution which is damned ill-suited ...

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... of "feels good." In the case of many animals, there isn't the sort of physical feedback that mammals have, but there is an instinctive compulsion that needs to be satisfied. Even in humans - if you felt the compulsion to, say, check to see if the oven is on, would checking make you ...

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