The act of compelling, or the state of being compelled; the act of driving or urging by force or by physical or moral constraint; subjection to force.
- The act of compelling.
- The state of being compelled.
- An irresistible impulse to act, regardless of the rationality of the motivation: "The compulsion to protect the powerful from the discomfort of public disclosure feeds further abuse and neglect” ( Boston Globe).
- An act or acts performed in response to such an impulse.