Adjective "impelled" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Drive, force, or urge (someone) to do something.
  1. with object and infinitive 'a lack of equality impelled the oppressed to fight'
  2. 'And if the feeling impels you to protests, organising help, writing letters, even just sending money - so much the better.'
  3. 'Much of what impels him to write is an urge to create something as vast and multifaceted as the universe, to establish in his books a parallel realm, one attuned to his obsessions, mapping out his philosophy of history.'
  4. 'The very fact that the 2000 election revealed that public sentiment is moving against their policies will, if anything, impel them to act with greater haste and determination.'
  5. 'There are few movies that demand to be seen in the theatre; seeing the vast majority at home on video or DVD is more than adequate, and with the price of admission being what it is, it's a rare movie indeed that impels me to see it in theatre.'
  6. 'We must feel our need, the distress that drives and impels us to cry out.'
  7. 'Her fear of the thugs impels her to urge her husband to either join them or move.'
  8. 'It impelled him to record his experience in an autobiographical comic that has swelled to epic proportions over the decades and become his life's work.'
  9. 'A sense of duty, corny as that might sound, impels me to contest the leadership.'
  10. 'She had it for many years but it was only when she recently moved to Wiltshire that she felt impelled to do something with it.'
  11. 'Hell, if I could get paid for making the things I make because there's something inside me that impels me to do it, I'd be thrilled.'
  12. 'And, what is more, the film is impelled forward toward the inevitable coupling that Hollywood demands; that coupling becomes the whole point.'
  13. 'It was security considerations that impelled the moves, as well as concern for the safety of informal traders.'
  14. 'There is no driving narrative to impel a reader forward, and relatively little to capture and sustain the interest.'
  15. 'But oddly, it is also the women, and that damned dress, who impel her forward.'
  16. 'The world is moving inexorably, impelled by the march of technology, from systems it understands to systems it only occasionally understands, if at all.'
  17. 'At critical moments, it trips them, or causes them to stumble, or impels them to make a rash, unpremeditated move.'

More definitions

1. to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.

2. to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be impelled by beliefs."

"people can be impelled."

"people/places/organizations can be impelled."

"graces can be impelled."

"theorists can be impelled."

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(impel)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘propel’): from Latin impellere, from in- ‘towards’ + pellere ‘to drive’.