- to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
- to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
Origin of impel
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1. See compel.
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- to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
- to push, drive, or force into motion
C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike
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Word Origin and History for impel
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