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compelling

[ kuhm-pel-ing ]
/ kəmˈpɛl ɪŋ /
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adjective
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.
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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

compelling
/ (kəmˈpɛlɪŋ) /

adjective
arousing or denoting strong interest, esp admiring interest
(of an argument, evidence, etc) convincing
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