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Synonyms for compulsion
kəmˈpʌl ʃən

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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. Tim Martin:

    It's becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion, i don't believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.

  2. Paul Levinson:

    We live in a culture in which, some would say, we're slaves to photographing everything we see. It's a compulsion we have, the Depalo app fits perfectly into that culture.

  3. Lew Rockwell:

    Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state. That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals.

  4. RAMANA PEMMARAJU:

    As long as you’re taking advice from others, you are not integrated nor total - every move will be out of compulsion, only a half-hearted attempt; but the moment you act from within, you move into a totally different dimension, you enter a new space of a self-propelled & motivated, driven by no-mind state.

  5. Dinesh D’Souza:

    Compulsion cannot produce virtue; it can only produce the outward semblance of virtue.


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