- to force or drive, especially to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.
- to secure or bring about by force.
- to force to submit; subdue.
- to overpower.
- Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
- to use force.
- to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.
Origin of compel
Synonyms for compelSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for compellinglyvigorously, eagerly, hastily, frantically, earnestly, compellingly, strongly, fiercely, forcefully, powerfully, intensely, forcibly, anxious, excitedly, impetuously, beseechingly, emotionally, enthusiastically, gravely, imperiously
Examples from the Web for compellingly
Contemporary Examples of compellingly
A figure who could compellingly make that case is sadly missing from our national politics.The Immigration Argument We Need
May 10, 2013
The awkward divergence from fashion is so compellingly wrong that it appears cool in the most ironic, hipster kind of way.The Secrets Behind the Bikinis of Harmony Korine’s New Film, ‘Spring Breakers’
Misty White Sidell
March 19, 2013
Lewis wrote a compellingly readable autobiography called Surprised by Joy.The Odd Story of C.S. Lewis, an Extremely Odd Man
March 10, 2013
Olmert is the most compellingly contradictory character in Israeli public life.The Man on a Mud-Stained Horse
October 22, 2012
Moreover, he must compellingly make the case that there has been a consistent strategy, plan, and consistent policy.Obama's Damaging Doublespeak
August 25, 2010
Historical Examples of compellingly
Suddenly and compellingly, he had become aware of the fact of Women.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
His hunger was driving him too compellingly—only—only he wondered if Bill, too, were lost.Love of Life
The view is at once compellingly beautiful and weirdly repelling.In the Oregon Country
George Palmer Putnam
The steady gaze shifted to his companion, held there compellingly.Ben Blair
The shrewd grey eyes were observing them collectively, compellingly.Where the Trail Divides
- to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
- to obtain by force; exactto compel obedience
- to overpower or subdue
- archaic to herd or drive together