impel

[im-pel]
verb (used with object), impelled, impelling.
1.
to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
2.
to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English impellen < Latin impellere to strike against, set in motion (transitive), equivalent to im- im-1 + pellere to strike, move (something); akin to pulse1

unimpelled, adjective

1. compel, impel (see synonym study at compel) ; 2. compelled, impelled.


1. actuate. See compel.


1. restrain.
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impel (ɪmˈpɛl)
 
vb , -pels, -pelling, -pelled
1.  to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
2.  to push, drive, or force into motion
 
[C15: from Latin impellere to push against, drive forward, from im- (in) + pellere to drive, push, strike]
 
im'pellent
 
n, —adj

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impel
1490, from L. impellere "to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on," from in- "into" + pellere "to push, drive."
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Example sentences
Moreover, our brains impel us not only toward vices, but also toward virtues.
We asked what would impel such different approaches leading to the same
  credible character.
Maybe it was the moral laziness and social coziness that impel elites to
  protect their own.
Good cause is that which would reasonably impel the average able-bodied,
  qualified worker to give up her employment.
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