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noun compulsion pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpʌlʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a very strong feeling of wanting to do something, especially a feeling that you cannot control
    He felt a sudden compulsion to tell her the truth.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a legal or other obligation to do something
    under compulsion: You are not under any compulsion to make a statement to the police.


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