If you lie out of fear sometimes is it considered compulsive lying?
No, lying out of fear is not compulsive lying. It may be a compulsion, but that's a normal reaction; a defense mechanism. If you lie out of fear, it is justified, therefore *not* driven by a compulsion. Compulsive lying is an actual disorder, characterized by the pathalogical liar telling fibs without motivation, often telling wildly exaggerated stories and appearing to honestly believe them to be true.
You cause lying because you are not being responsible for your actions, and if you make false statements, that is lying, nothing but you can stop yourself from lying, even when you're a compulsive liar. ANSWER People lie to hide the truth and they knowingly do so - they are being irresponsible and legitimately deceiving because they want to due to the fact of fear, fear of the reaction the truth may cause.
A fancy word for lying without fear of getting caught is fabrication. The journalist left his job in disgrace after being exposed as a serial fabricator. Related medical terms are pathological lying, confabulation, and mythomania, each with its own distinctions. Lying without consequences is lying with impunity. When can a politician lie with impunity? When most people tell a lie it is to avoid an expected consequence of being truthful.