impetus impetus  /ˈɪm pə təs/


  1. (n) a force that moves something along
  2. (n) the act of applying force suddenly



  1. With no threat of jail time, will offenders of business crimes find impetus to stay away?
  2. Sarah's boss did not give her hike citing company's poor performance; that was really the impetus for he to quit.


  1. Dubai, Bahamas could land new bowl games

    Seeking to give their bowl-eligible teams chances to play, college football's smaller conferences are exploring avenues to create additional bowl games next season, according to an report. The impetus comes from the Power Five conferences preference to play each other in bowl games, leaving the smaller conferences shut out. Up to nine locations are being considered to begin bowl games ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio

  2. USD/JPY eases back below 99.00 despite US credit stabilization (New York) - The USD/JPY foreign exchange received an afternoon impetus following the... For more information, read our latest forex news.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Forex Market

  3. Support growing to close Guantanamo prison: senator

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday there is increasing public support for closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and moving detainees to a facility on the U.S. mainland. "There's renewed impetus. And I think that most Americans are more ready," McCain, who went to Guantanamo last week with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and California ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "What this plan recognizes is that while the federal government can play a leading role in encouraging the reforms and high standards we need, the impetus for that change will come from states, and from local schools and school districts," Obama...
    on Mar 13, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "I am convinced the new format will give the UEFA Europa League a successful new impetus", Platini added.
    on Sep 26, 2008 By: Michel Platini Source:

  3. "By visiting China on his first trip abroad since taking office, President Medvedev has shown that he attaches a high level of importance to the development of bilateral ties," Hu said. "I am sure this visit will give impetus to our strategic...
    on May 23, 2006 By: Hu Jintao Source: 940 News

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