from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Urgently requiring attention: a host of compelling socioeconomic problems.
  • adj. Drivingly forceful: compelling ambition and egotism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of compel.
  • adj. requiring urgent attention
  • adj. forceful

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. driving or forcing
  • adj. tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument


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  • The word compelling is used lightly of mystery and crime novels this one will define it for you' -- Daily Mail

  • With a shallow core gameplay experience, the developers understand that gamers need something else to keep them drawn in and while these are small additions, they make the title compelling, making you want to come back for another mission.

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  • Nice job 0_0 *Salivating* Now THAT is what I call compelling!

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  • CANDIOTTI: In response, the prosecutor has said that they have what they call compelling evidence and tried to set a high bond of $500,000, saying that this man is a flight risk and is willing to do anything.

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  • Skinner's attorneys have in the past presented what they call compelling evidence pointing to another man who may have committed the murders.

  • Unfortunately, there's a huge gap between what we identify as compelling and what actually goes up on our pages.

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  • Whether Heddle, you, and me find Coyne's philosophical arguments compelling is immaterial.

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  • What makes the “wisdom of crowds” (crowdsourcing) so compelling is the aggregation of various subjective views on a product or service.

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  • What makes the WSJ column so compelling is that Dottie and John are solid journalists who for the most part avoid wine speak.

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  • They had better not succeed in compelling anyone to work the proposed shift to midnight.

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