tending to compel, as to force or push toward a course of action; overpowering: There were compelling reasons for their divorce.
having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: a man of compelling integrity; a compelling drama.
- un·com·pel·ling, adjective
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How to use compelling in a sentence
In terms of founder characteristics, in my opinion, the best founders will be mission driven, able to tell a compelling story, and motivate others to join them.Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital? | Steve O'Hear | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Joe Jackman, CEO of Jackman said that for leaders, the key to successful reinvention is being able to make a clear, compelling case for change.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better | jim cooper | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
What this means, at least in the abstract, is that marketers still might be able to reach or access the data of roughly 60% of iPhone owners if their opt-in pitches are compelling.Apple IDFA consent: Roughly 60% of consumers open to allowing tracking | Greg Sterling | September 11, 2020 | Search Engine Land
To imagine a world so compelling you don’t want to wake up—not until the dreamworld becomes reality.Solarpunk Is Growing a Gorgeous New World in the Cracks of the Old One | Carin Ism | September 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
That was a story that really caught our eye, so we went down to Kansas City to meet some of these women, and their stories were very, very compelling.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
The precision it took to craft such a cohesive, wholly compelling work over 12 years is nothing short of remarkable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I think a certain kind of compelling essay has a piece of that.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination | Mindy Farabee | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The impulse to interpret seems to me what makes personal essay writing compelling.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination | Mindy Farabee | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And some of the most compelling statements came from a powerful, crucial set of equality allies: corporations.
And since visual media is more compelling than any other medium, it is consistently their drug of choice.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom | Lizzie Crocker | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Taking half a dozen men with him, and compelling the woman to act as guide, he went to the tomb in the dark.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
The leaguers were now anxious to co-operate with the Americans in compelling the Spaniards to evacuate the Archipelago.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
He repudiated his oath at Carlisle as extorted by force and intimidation, and professed a compelling sense of patriotism.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
He too had the sense of adventure, and his eyes were more than usually compelling and his voice more seductive.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The will to live leaps into being peremptorily, more compelling and imperative at the implied challenge.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for compelling
arousing or denoting strong interest, esp admiring interest
(of an argument, evidence, etc) convincing
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