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
In fact, you are doing something of impelling interest only to you and a group of people.
We cannot dispense with the unconscious hostility as the constant and really impelling motive.
Profit is the impelling power of the one-praise, of the other.
The strategic plan is the road map for impelling continuous improvement in our organization and ensuring our future.
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