- 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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Examples from the Web for impelling
More often, it was impelling them to define their markets more narrowly.Fear of Flip-Flopping
Jack And Suzy Welch
February 26, 2009
It was to the girl as if the fragrance were twining and winding about her and impelling her like leashes.Quaint Courtships
The whole park did, indeed, appear to be impelling them gently onward.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
This impelling and guiding power from the past we call instinct.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
The impelling and guiding motive of his letter is that they may not sin.Expositions of Holy Scripture
This was the impelling power which Frederick William could not resist.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
- 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 impelling
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