compulsion [kuhm-puhl-shuhn] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Synonyms:||coercion, constraint, demand, drive, driving, duress, duty, engrossment, exigency, force, hang-up, have on the brain, monkey*, necessity, need, obsession, preoccupation, prepossession, pressure, tiger by the tail, urge, urgency|
|Antonyms:||free will, freedom, independence, liberty, license|
|Part of Speech:||adjective|
|Definition:||busy; mentally caught up in something|
|Synonyms:||absent, absent-minded, absorbed, abstracted, airheaded, asleep, bemused, bugged, daydreaming, deep*, distracted, distrait, engaged, engrossed, faraway, fascinated, forgetful, have on the brain, heedless, hung up, immersed, inconscient, intent, lost, lost in thought, mooning, moony, oblivious, obsessed, rapt, removed, spellbound, spread out, taken up, unaware, woolgathering, wrapped-up|
|Notes:||occupied means in use or seized and controlled as by military invasion; preoccupied means deeply absorbed in thought or having compulsive concern with something|
|Antonyms:||observant, thoughtful, unoccupied|
compulsion, coercion, coaction, constraint, duress, enforcement, press, conscription., force; brute force, main force, physical force; the sword, ultima ratio; club law, lynch law, mob law, arguementum baculinum, le droit du plus fort, martial law., restraint; necessity; force majeure; Hobson's choice.
compel, force, make, drive, coerce, constrain, enforce, necessitate, oblige., force upon, press; cram down the throat, thrust down the throat, force down the throat; say it must be done, make a point of, insist upon, take no denial; put down, dragoon., extort, wring from; put on the screws, turn on the screw; drag into; bind, bind over; pin down, tie down; require, tax, put in force; commandeer; restrain.
by force, by force of arms; on compulsion, perforce; vi et armis, under the lash; at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet; forcibly; by a strong arm., under protest, in spite of one's teeth; against one's will [more]; nolens volens (of necessity); by stress of circumstances, by stress of weather; under press of, under pressure of; de rigueur.
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