[ kuhm-pel-ing ]
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  1. tending to compel, as to force or push toward a course of action; overpowering: There were compelling reasons for their divorce.

  2. having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: a man of compelling integrity; a compelling drama.

Origin of compelling

First recorded in 1490–1500; compel + -ing2

Other words from compelling

  • un·com·pel·ling, adjective

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How to use compelling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for compelling


/ (kəmˈpɛlɪŋ) /

  1. arousing or denoting strong interest, esp admiring interest

  2. (of an argument, evidence, etc) convincing

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