compulsion

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  • But the compulsion to do the same thing once again always returned.
  • Just that knowledge would serve as the final compulsion to do what she wished to do. Cited from The Summons, by A.E.W. Mason
  • But the compulsion which she had felt upon her a moment ago to speak was gone. Cited from The Broken Road, by A. E. W. Mason
  • Many claim that it has been done due to the compulsions of vote bank politics.
  • Are authority and compulsion then the only engines by which you can be moved? Cited from Famous Americans of Recent Times, by James Parton
  • The power of love has its own way of action and it is not the way of compulsion.
  • In the main his activity is due less to free will than to this inner compulsion. Cited from Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry, by Wilhelm Alfred Braun
  • On the other hand, there was no legal compulsion whatever to carry out the contract. Cited from Life in the Roman World of Nero and St. Paul, by T. G. Tucker
  • Were they under any compulsion after the war to remain as servants? Cited from Slave Narratives: Aministrative Files, by Work Projects Administration
  • Was it possible that he had failed to win her because he had not let her feel the compulsion of his love? Cited from The Rocks of Valpre, by Ethel May Dell
  • Small and partly independent communities had combined one with another only on compulsion. Cited from The Promise Of American Life, by Herbert David Croly
  • But when those words were written, compulsion was near at hand. Cited from Matthew Arnold, by G.W.E. Russell
  • They clearly saw that the Roman people would yield nothing except upon compulsion. Cited from A Smaller History of Rome, by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
  • There would be no compulsion in any direction, and full responsibility as at present. Cited from Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6), by Havelock Ellis
  • I never set before you that was easy but used all the compulsion for the choice of the most difficult. Cited from Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose, by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • She made that sign to my thinking only on compulsion because she could not express herself except in that way. Cited from Lady Into Fox, by David Garnett
  • It was his old trick of making her feel the compulsion of his will. Cited from The Knave of Diamonds, by Ethel May Dell
  • There was an inner compulsion - he felt as though he had no choice in the matter.
  • The law in the matter put no compulsion upon them. Cited from President Wilson's Addresses, by Woodrow Wilson
  • Under no kind of compulsion he came to fight for Britain.
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Words starting with compulsion

Meaning of compulsion

  • 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
  • noun An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
    her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly
  • 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