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3 definitions found
 for Compelling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compel \Com*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compelled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Compelling.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive
     together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF.
     compellir. See Pulse.]
     1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to
        constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical
        or moral force.
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              Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the
              whole subsidy at once.                --Hallam.
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              And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
                                                    --Mark xv. 21.
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     2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to
        extort. [R.]
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              Commissions, which compel from each
              The sixth part of his substance.      --Shak.
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     3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
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              Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden.
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              I compel all creatures to my will.    --Tennyson.
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     4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] "In
        one troop compelled." --Dryden.
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     5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman.
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              She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser.
  
     Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See
          Coerce.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  compelling
      adj 1: driving or forcing; "compelling ambition"
      2: tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument; "new and
         compelling evidence"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "compelling":
     actuating, acute, animating, causal, causative, clamorous,
     coactive, compulsive, compulsory, constraining, critical, crucial,
     crying, decretal, decretive, decretory, dictating, directive,
     driving, exigent, gripping, high-pressure, high-priority, holding,
     impelling, imperative, imperious, impulsive, inducive, insistent,
     instant, instructive, irresistible, jussive, mandating, motivating,
     motivational, motive, moving, obligating, obsessing, obsessional,
     obsessive, peremptory, pivotal, possessing, preceptive,
     preoccupying, prescriptive, pressing, restraining, urgent
  
  

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