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Synonyms for compulsion
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsion, irresistible impulse(noun)

    an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid

    "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"

    Synonyms:
    irresistible impulse, coercion, obsession

  2. compulsion, obsession(noun)

    an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

    "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"

    Synonyms:
    irresistible impulse, fixation, coercion, obsession

  3. compulsion, coercion(noun)

    using force to cause something to occur

    "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion"

    Synonyms:
    irresistible impulse, coercion, obsession

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compulsion

    Necessity is the quality of being necessary, or the quality of that which can not but be, become, or be true, or be accepted as true. Need and want always imply a lack; necessity may be used in this sense, but in the higher philosophical sense necessity simply denotes the exclusion of any alternative either in thought or fact; righteousness is a necessity (not a need) of the divine nature. Need suggests the possibility of supplying the deficiency which want expresses; to speak of a person's want of decision merely points out a weakness in his character; to say that he has need of decision implies that he can exercise or attain it. As applied to a deficiency, necessity is more imperative than need; a weary person is in need of rest; when rest becomes a necessity he has no choice but to stop work. An essential is something, as a quality, or element, that belongs to the essence of something else so as to be inseparable from it in its normal condition, or in any complete idea or statement of it. Compare NECESSARY; PREDESTINATION.

    Synonyms:
    destiny, emergency, essential, exigency, extremity, fatality, fate, indispensability, indispensableness, necessity, need, requirement, requisite, sine qua non, unavoidableness, urgency, want

    Antonyms:
    choice, contingency, doubt, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, fortuity, freedom, option, possibility, uncertainty

    Preposition:
    The necessity of surrender; a necessity for action; this is a necessity to me.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compulsion(n)

    Synonyms:
    for, ce, restraint, control, coercion

    Antonyms:
    persuasion, coaxing, alluring, inducing

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compulsion(n.)

    Synonyms:
    coercion, constraint, application of force

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. compulsion(n)

    Synonyms:
    constraint, coercion, obligation, coaction

    Antonyms:
    discretion, spontaneity, volition, election, free-will

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "compulsion":

    coercion, duress, coercive, constraint, coercing

How to pronounce compulsion?

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How to use compulsion in a sentence?

  1. Plato:

    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

  2. Plato, The Republic:

    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

  3. John Milton:

    Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.

  4. Niccolò Machiavelli:

    A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A man may remain single by choice, but a woman only by compulsion.

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