1. driving or forcing
; - Example: "compelling ambition"
2. tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument
; - Example: "new and compelling evidence"
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.
Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the
whole subsidy at once. --Hallam.
And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross.
--Mark xv. 21.
2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to
Commissions, which compel from each
The sixth part of his substance. --Shak.
3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden.
I compel all creatures to my will. --Tennyson.
4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] "In
one troop compelled." --Dryden.
5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman.
She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser.
Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: driving or forcing; "compelling ambition"
2: tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument; "new and
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