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[driv-uh n] /ˈdrɪv ən/
past participle of drive.
being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel:
a driven young man who was fiercely competitive.
controlled or propelled by something specified (used in combination):
a market-driven approach to retaining talent; data-driven business strategies; a water pump that is solar driven.
Related forms
drivenness, noun
undriven, adjective
well-driven, adjective Unabridged
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  • This is, in fact, the ideal trajectory of a well-driven ball.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • This a hardy, well-driven horse could do, even in the hottest climate.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • The men, well-driven by Mr. Pike, were ripe for an explosion, and Possum and the hen laid the train.

  • They made all the haste possible, assisted and abetted by a well-driven taxicab with a fairly good engine.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for well-driven


the past participle of drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-driven



"motivated," by 1972, past participle adjective from drive (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for well-driven



Pressed along by some despotic or urgent force; hag-ridden: She works as if driven (1887+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with well-driven
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