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impellent

[im-pel-uh nt] /ɪmˈpɛl ənt/
adjective
1.
impelling:
an impellent power; an impellent cause.
noun
2.
something that impels; an impelling agency or force.
Origin of impellent
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin impellent- (stem of impellēns), present participle of impellere to set in motion. See impel, -ent
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  • This conception of thought as impellent—that is to say, as impelling bodily activity—is of absolutely fundamental importance.

  • Full of wrath, I kicked their fires out, with my impellent boots, and gave the order to inspan and to follow me at once.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Every thought carries with it the impellent energy to effect its realization.

    Power of Mental Imagery Warren Hilton
  • Cleve, noting the smile, divined something of the 166 impellent thought behind that smile, and he grew uneasy.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath

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