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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compulsion  \Com*pul"sion\,  n.  [L.  compulsio.  See  {Compel}.] 
  The  act  of  compelling,  or  the  state  of  being  compelled;  the 
  act  of  driving  or  urging  by  force  or  by  physical  or  moral 
  constraint;  subjection  to  force. 
 
  If  reasons  were  as  plentiful  as  blackberries,  I  would 
  give  no  man  a  reason  upon  compulsion.  --Shak. 
 
  With  what  compulsion  and  laborious  flight  We  sunk  thus 
  low  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Constraint}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  compulsion 
  n  1:  an  urge  to  do  or  say  something  that  might  be  better  left 
  undone  or  unsaid  [syn:  {irresistible  impulse}] 
  2:  an  irrational  motive  for  performing  trivial  or  repetitive 
  actions  against  your  will  [syn:  {obsession}] 
  3:  using  force  to  cause  something:  "though  pressed  into  rugby 
  under  compulsion  I  began  to  enjoy  the  game";  "they  didn`t 
  have  to  use  coercion"  [syn:  {coercion}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  COMPULSION,  n.  The  eloquence  of  power. 
 
 




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