The impetus, power, or energy behind something in motion, as in He was clearly the driving force in the new administration. This term transfers the force that sets in motion an engine or vehicle to other enterprises. Ralph Waldo Emerson was among the first to use it figuratively (English Traits, 1856): “The ability of its journals is the driving force.”
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Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.
Shortly after dawn, there was another outbreak of deadly force.
And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.
The Goliath wouldn't answer; the Dublin said the force was coming off, and we could not get into touch with the soldiers at all.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
But you are mistaken in thinking the force west consists of the entire Merrill Horse.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
She and her younger sister, Janet, had quarreled a good deal through force of unfortunate habit.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
In the time of destruction they shall pour out their force: and they shall appease the wrath of him that made them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various