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impellent

[im-pel-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. impelling: an impellent power; an impellent cause.
noun
  1. something that impels; an impelling agency or force.

Origin of impellent

1610–20; < Latin impellent- (stem of impellēns), present participle of impellere to set in motion. See impel, -ent
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Examples from the Web for impellent

Historical Examples

  • Every thought carries with it the impellent energy to effect its realization.

    Power of Mental Imagery

    Warren Hilton

  • Full of wrath, I kicked their fires out, with my impellent boots, and gave the order to inspan and to follow me at once.

  • This conception of thought as impellent—that is to say, as impelling bodily activity—is of absolutely fundamental importance.

  • Cleve, noting the smile, divined something of the 166 impellent thought behind that smile, and he grew uneasy.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath


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