verb (used with object), im·pelled, im·pel·ling.
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OTHER WORDS FROM impelun·im·pelled, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for impel
Humans in different places and times have felt impelled to overcome the limitations of pictures in communicating.Reading, That Strange and Uniquely Human Thing - Issue 94: Evolving|Lydia Wilson|December 23, 2020|Nautilus
It seemed to me that I had scarcely closed my eyes when I dreamed that something impelled me to go to the window.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So many of the men who have sought the presidency seem impelled by a desire to compensate for something missing in themselves.David Frum on How George H.W. Bush Was a Man of Greatness in Modesty|David Frum|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Now the GOP, impelled by ideology matched to calculation, is trying the same game again.Tea-Fueled Republican Resistance Compels Barack Obama To Keep Running|Robert Shrum|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The country was impelled to act, not based on what was known, but what was feared.New Bin Laden Reports Aren’t Enough to Clarify the Pakistan Wild Card|P.J. Crowley|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But like the bee, while impelled by an instinct that makes it search for sugar, it sucks in therewith its solid sustenance.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The characters which crowd forth from his brain are sustained and impelled by the same social waves which sustain and impel us.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
The work which it does is performed by the hard substances that are impelled by the current, principally by the sand and pebbles.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
As if impelled by the voice, Lawrence turned his head and looked into the blazing eyes of Billy.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn