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synonyms for compulsion

  • coercion
  • obsession
  • preoccupation
  • urgency
  • constraint
  • demand
  • drive
  • driving
  • duress
  • duty
  • engrossment
  • exigency
  • force
  • hang-up
  • monkey
  • necessity
  • need
  • prepossession
  • pressure
  • urge
  • have on the brain
  • tiger by the tail
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antonyms for compulsion

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  • free will
  • freedom
  • independence
  • liberty
  • license
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How to use compulsion in a sentence

There is a monster at the end of all of my novels, and I want you to feel this unbearable compulsion to turn pages and find out what it is.
50 YEARS LATER, ‘THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK’ IS STILL SELLING — AND INSPIRING AUTHORSDANNY FREEDMANJANUARY 27, 2021WASHINGTON POST
It was a compulsion to build an intellectual life that blended the so-called two cultures.
FIVE SCIENTISTS ON THE HEROES WHO CHANGED THEIR LIVES - ISSUE 93: FORERUNNERSALAN LIGHTMAN, HOPE JAHREN, ROBERT SAPOLSKY,DECEMBER 2, 2020NAUTILUS
According to reports, education minister Lawrence Wong said that the country believes 70% adoption could help push it to its next level of reopening, phase three—but that this could be achieved only through legal compulsion.
SOME PROMINENT EXPOSURE APPS ARE SLOWLY ROLLING BACK FREEDOMSBOBBIE JOHNSONNOVEMBER 23, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Feeling tired and exasperated and overburdened a few weeks ago after working on a long and complicated story and getting very little sleep, I sourly informed Twitter that I felt a compulsion and a God-given right to commit a venial sin.
GENE WEINGARTEN: I FEEL COMPELLED TO COMMIT A VENIAL SINGENE WEINGARTENOCTOBER 29, 2020WASHINGTON POST
So far, these companies have experienced little pushback and are under no compulsion to change.
WHY DO FAST-CASUAL RESTAURANTS GET A PASS ON APPROPRIATION?JENNY DORSEYOCTOBER 5, 2020EATER
However, many public health experts fear that government compulsion is unlikely to be effective, and warn that heavy policing of vaccine uptake could backfire.
LIBERAL, EDUCATED … AND ANTI-VAXXER: PANDEMIC BIRTHS NEW VACCINE DOUBTERSCHARU KASTURIAUGUST 25, 2020OZY
We are apt to think of these little ones as doing right only when under compulsion: but this is far from the truth.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
There is a restiveness in human nature that resists compulsion, even to its own manifest advantage.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
There is no need, however, to extend the régime of compulsion over the whole field.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
Mr. Highcamp was a plain, bald-headed man, who only talked under compulsion.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
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