secured or brought about by force: Statements made in a compelled interview may not be used in a criminal proceeding.
forced or driven to a particular course of action, often by an irresistible internal urge: I haven't felt so compelled to learn as much as I can about something since my fascination with Slavic folk music!
the simple past tense and past participle of compel.
- un·com·pelled, adjective
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How to use compelled in a sentence
County officials made moves in two separate lawsuits this week in which Voice of San Diego is seeking to compel them to release information under the California Records Act related to its handling of the public health crisis.Morning Report: County Digs in to Keep COVID Data Private | Voice of San Diego | November 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
While officials have said they aren’t targeting the amount that Apple charges, the focus on the payment system could also compel Apple to offer alternative payments providers to developers.Apple to cut app store fees in half for most developers | Verne Kopytoff | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
The startling surge has compelled new efforts in some parts of the country to slow the rampant virus.With coronavirus cases spiking nationwide, all signs point to a harrowing autumn | Brady Dennis, Jacqueline Dupree, Marisa Iati | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
These new rules would, among other things, prevent self-preferential treatment and compel the largest technology companies to share data with competitors.Amazon uses its data to undermine third party sellers, EU antitrust action says | Greg Sterling | November 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
I am compelled to see people individually and to value their specific stories.Danny Meyer wants to bring everyone to the table after a fractious election. Twitter says: Too soon. | Tim Carman | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
She felt compelled to come forward because the allegations in that case seem similar to her own regarding Cosby.
And, de Blasio told reporters he felt compelled to make a particular statement.
As a former arts teacher, she feels compelled to help the now-hysterical young boy.
Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.”
But now many of the rich feel compelled to “make a difference.”
He couldn't sell them; he couldn't burn them; he was even compelled to insure them, to his intense disgust.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
She set off down Trafalgar Road in the mist and the rain, glad that she had been compelled to walk.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
Before daybreak we had ridden five and twenty miles, but had been compelled to abandon two more guns.
Tatham says, "Even the tavern keepers were compelled to exchange a dinner for a few pounds of tobacco."Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The weapons, the most unusual weapons, we are reluctantly compelled to accept under protest.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills