Definitions

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of impel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. motivated by an irresistable compulsion.

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

  • adj. urged or forced to action through moral pressure

Etymologies

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Examples

  • AFTER a long interval, I am again impelled by the restless spirit within me to continue my narration; but I must alter the mode which I have hitherto adopted.

    II.8

  • Yet, when she rose from the table, an urgent desire to keep him within call impelled her to pause.

    Rosa Mundi and Other Stories

  • On the contrary, the individualising animus which there found expression impelled him to raise more formidable barriers about man, and to turn the ring-fence which secured him from intrusion into a high wall which cut off his view.

    Robert Browning

  • My situation here is indeed a delightful situation; but I feel what I have lost -- feel it deeply -- it recurs more often and more painfully than I had anticipated, indeed so much so, that I scarcely ever feel myself impelled, that is to say, pleasurably impelled to write to Poole.

    Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey

  • But where Swedenborg uses a vaguely deterministic vocabulary to speak of creaturely activity (stating that bees and silkworms are "impelled" to behave in certain ways), Blake's Oothoon chooses to speak of such activity in terms of multiplicitous "joys" and "loves" (3: 6, 8, 11-12), terms carrying connotations of freedom rather than coercion or enslavement.

    Gender, Environment, and Imperialism in William Blake's _Visions of the Daughters of Albion_

  • The Axioms of Religion, who insisted truly born-again believers are "impelled" to be part of the church.

    Biblical Recorder

  • A vessel of considerably greater size than this, but of the same class -- impelled, that is, by one bank of oars only -- is indicated by certain coins, which have been regarded by some critics as Phoenician, by others as belonging to Cilicia. [

    History of Phoenicia

  • My situation here is indeed a delightful situation; but I feel what I have lost ” feel it deeply ” it recurs more often and more painfully than I had anticipated, indeed so much so, that I scarcely ever feel myself impelled, that is to say, pleasurably impelled to write to Poole.

    Reminiscences of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey

  • There are lots of reasons for that: an aging population, market inefficiencies (because near-universal third-party payment makes consumers indifferent to price), an excess of “defensive medicine” impelled by the threat of malpractice suits, the decreasing attractiveness of careers in the medical profession, the inescapable fact that the most effective medical treatments often require the greatest expenditure of human, technological and intellectual resources.

    Stromata Blog

  • Would anybody at Google feel impelled to bow to Christian orthography by capitalizing pronouns that refer to Jesus Christ?

    Stromata Blog

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