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Difference between Compulsive, Compulsory and Impulsive

Compulsive refers to feeling compelled about something.

  • Tom compulsively cleans his car.

Compulsory refers to being obligated to do something.

  • Les took a compulsory physical examination for his new job.

Impulsive refers to doing things on the spur of the moment.

  • Occasionally Ed gets impulsive and buys expensive wine.