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  • verb Present participle of impel.

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

  • adjective markedly effective as if by emotional pressure

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Examples

  • But our social wisdom insists that we obey the choices of instinct; our social wisdom is only another phase of our refinement, which, in impelling us to a love of the beautiful, does not the less impel us to love.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Right here, I think, entered the austere conscience of my Puritan ancestry, impelling me toward lurid deeds and sanctioning even murder as right conduct.

    Chapter 16

  • At the beginning Daughtry strove to walk aloof, but in a trice, in the first heavy gust that threatened to whisk the frail old man away, Dag Daughtry's hand was grasping the other's arm, his own weight behind and under, supporting and impelling forward and up the hill through the heavy sand.

    CHAPTER XXI

  • Israel's perception of the Iranian threat, Mr. Parsi says, has long "resembled prophesy more than reality," impelling the Jewish state to frame its conflict with Iran's clerical regime "as one between the sole democracy in the Middle East and a theocracy that hated everything the West stood for."

    It Takes Two to Engage

  • There are impelling political reasons for this prohibition, which must under no circumstance be violated.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Their very noses serrulated and shook in brute passion, and they snarled as the wolves snarl, with all the hatred and malignity of the breed impelling them to spring upon the woman and drag her down.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • There are impelling political reasons for this prohibition, which must under no circumstance be violated.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • On the instant he struck, Lute lightly touched his neck with the rein, impelling him to the left; and in that instant, tottering on the insecure footing, with front feet slipping over into the pool beyond, he lifted on his hind legs, with a half turn, sprang to the left, and dropped squarely down to the tiny gravel bed.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • I had seen before was strong upon me, impelling me to give service to

    Chapter 39

  • Would that this theme were more fully developed in "The Normal Heart," for it is the conceptual spine that gives the play its impelling force.

    Larry Kramer, Loud and Clear

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