Related formsun·com·pel·ling, adjective
Definition for compelling (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
Origin of compel
Can be confusedcoerce compel constrain force obligecompel impel (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for compelling
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|DAILY BEAST
And some of the most compelling statements came from a powerful, crucial set of equality allies: corporations.
On Thursday, Detective Superintendent McDonald described his account as “harrowing” and compelling.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And those moments of full control are among the least compelling.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In cellars near the river the tide rose and fell, compelling the tenants "to keep the children in bed till ebb-tide."The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
These demonstrations were made for the twofold object of harassing the enemy and compelling him to disclose his dispositions.The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I|Herbert Brayley Collett
Take these cities separately and their personality becomes the more pertinent and compelling.The Personality of American Cities|Edward Hungerford
Canon Law gave to the husband the power of compelling the wifes return if, for any cause, she left him.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
He was a tawny giant, exuding a force and virility and a compelling magnetism that gripped one instantly.Square Deal Sanderson|Charles Alden Seltzer