compulsive

Compulsive people have irresistible urges to do certain things, like a compulsive gossip who simply cannot keep a secret.

If you're compulsive, you can't stop yourself from doing something, like compulsive counting of the sidewalk blocks on your way to school. There is sometimes an upside to compulsive behavior — like a compulsive desire to be the best hockey player, which makes you work hard to make it happen. Someone who has compulsive tendencies can be called a compulsive, the noun form of the word.

Primary Meanings of compulsive

1.
adjn
caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things
2.
adj
strongly motivated to succeed
Full Definitions of compulsive
1

adj caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion

compulsive drinking”
Synonyms:
neurotic, psychoneurotic
affected with emotional disorder

n a person with a compulsive disposition; someone who feels compelled to do certain things

Types:
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control freak
someone with a compulsive desire to exert control over situations and people
exhibitionist, flasher
someone with a compulsive desire to expose the genitals
perfectionist
a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards
workaholic
person with a compulsive need to work
streaker
someone who takes off all their clothes and runs naked through a public place
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
2

adj strongly motivated to succeed

Synonyms:
determined, driven
ambitious
having a strong desire for success or achievement

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