verb (used with object), impelled, impelling.
to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.

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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To impelled
World English Dictionary
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]
n, —adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1490, from L. impellere "to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on," from in- "into" + pellere "to push, drive."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
It would have been helpful for us to know more of what was in their minds and
  what impelled them to do what they did.
Since her husband was impelled on these extraordinary journeys, she showed
  little emotion whenever he left.
Incidentally the bee, while impelled by an instinct that makes it search for
  sugar, sucks in therewith its solid sustenance.
It happens, usually impelled by economic complaisance.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature