COMPULSIVE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of COMPULSIVE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
Classic Sentence:
1  Physical compulsion or restraint was effectual, of course, while it lasted.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Context  Highlight   In VI. PEARL
2  'So my son took, of his own will, and on no compulsion, to the course in which he can always, when it is his pleasure, outstrip every competitor,' she pursued.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 20. STEERFORTH'S HOME
3  He drew it under the sleeve of his mulberry-coloured great-coat, and I walked on, almost upon compulsion, arm-in-arm with him.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 39. WICKFIELD AND HEEP
4  In Vida's demands Carol felt a compulsion, but she was too listless to obey.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER IX
5  Mr. Highcamp was a plain, bald-headed man, who only talked under compulsion.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Context  Highlight   In XXV
6  She was resenting as she always did, the compulsion from outside.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 14
7  Like Balaam and other unwilling prophets, the agents seem moved by an inner compulsion to say and do their allotted parts whether they will or no.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: 4 Eustacia Is Led on to an Adventure
8  Yet perchance to-morrow deception will so act on me, that I shall, on compulsion, consider such a contemptible possession as the utmost happiness.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 23. The Island of Monte Cristo.
9  In all these cases the conception of freedom is increased or diminished and the conception of compulsion is correspondingly decreased or increased, according to the point of view from which the action is regarded.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 17: CHAPTER IX
10  After Emancipation, and still earlier in the North, the Negro churches largely severed such affiliations as they had had with the white churches, either by choice or by compulsion.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Context  Highlight   In X
11  Mrs. Hale answered simply: "There was nowhere else for her to go;" and my heart tightened at the thought of the hard compulsions of the poor.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In IX
Example Sentence:
1  The aim of the repetitions of the same commercial on television is nothing but to brainwash consumers into compulsive sonsumption.
2  He was a compulsive gambler and often heavily in debt.
3  There were hundreds of warrior-robots of various sizes walking about, waving arms and rods, having no tasks to do, but in compulsive, meaningless motion.
4  Slaves work by compulsion, not by choice.
5  He felt a sudden compulsion to drop the bucket and run.
6  There is an element of compulsion in the new scheme for the unemployed.
7  You are under no compulsion to pay immediately.
8  The desire to laugh became a compulsion.
9  The legal system is based on compulsion.
10  I will pay nothing under compulsion.
11  There are no compulsions on students to attend classes.