impelled impelled  /ɪm ˈpɛld/


  1. (v) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  2. (v) cause to move forward with force
  3. (adj) urged or forced to action through moral pressure


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  1. It has been a year of political risk taking in Latin America as leaders tried to forge landmark social and political changes, sometimes impelled by desperation, sometimes not.
  2. A few minutes after the sighting, Barney Hill turned the car down a side road, impelled by some extrasensory command.
  3. Those long lines of cars driving along speedways must be impelled by the desire to serve, not to dominate.



  1. "By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled toward you," Wattles wrote.
    on Jun 23, 2007 By: Wallace D Wattles Source: Washington Post

  2. "We are impelled to give real content to the concept of qualified immunity for high-level officials who must be neither deterred nor detracted from the vigorous performance of their duties," Kennedy said.
    on May 18, 2009 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: Los Angeles Times

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