Meaning of compulsion

com•pul•sion

Pronunciation: (kum-pul'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of compelling; constraint; coercion.
  2. the state or condition of being compelled.
  3. a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, esp. one that is irrational or contrary to one's will.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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