- to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
- to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.
Origin of impel
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1. See compel.
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Examples from the Web for impelled
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
March 16, 2013
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
April 3, 2012
He had not the least idea why he had been impelled to go home.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Impelled by fear, he was hardly conscious of his words; hardly responsible for them.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
They held their course as if they were impelled and driven by its fury.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Then, impelled by an instinctive sense of justice, she resumed.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Believe me, I would not utter a word or write a line if I were not impelled to it.The Book of Khalid
- to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
- to push, drive, or force into motion
C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike
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Word Origin and History for impelled
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