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Definition of compulsive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of behavior) that is difficult to stop or control compulsive eating/spending/gambling
  2. 2(of people) not being able to control their behavior a compulsive drinker/gambler/liar
  3. 3that makes you pay attention to it because it is so interesting and exciting The program made compulsive viewing.
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adverb She watched him compulsively. a compulsively readable book
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: compulsive

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