Definition of Compel

1. Verb. Force somebody to do something. "They compel him to write the letter"; "We compel all students to fill out this form"

Exact synonyms: Obligate, Oblige
Specialized synonyms: Force, Thrust, Walk, Coerce, Force, Hale, Pressure, Squeeze, Clamor, Condemn, Shame, Apply, Enforce, Implement, Enforce, Impose
Generic synonyms: Cause, Get, Have, Induce, Make, Stimulate
Causes: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Compulsion, Obligation, Obligation

2. Verb. Necessitate or exact. "The water shortage compels conservation"

Definition of Compel

1. v. t. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.

2. v. i. To make one yield or submit.

Definition of Compel

1. Verb. (transitive archaic) (literally) To drive together, round up ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To overpower; to subdue ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To force, constrain or coerce ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To exact, extort, (make) produce by force ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Compel

1. to urge forcefully [v -PELLED, -PELLING, -PELS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Compel

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compel (current term)
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Literary usage of Compel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"Mandamos Ф=»74(2)—Writ lies to compel municipal officers falling to hold election to hold It at a later date. If the officers of a municipal corporation ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"compel a party to do what, by a subsisting decree of injunction, he was prohibited from doing, although the party seeking the remedy by mandamus was not a ..."

3. Shirley: A Tale by Charlotte Brontë (1850)
"Why are not the laws more stringent, that I might compel her to hear reason ? ... Were Britain a serfdom, and you the czar, you could not compel me to this ..."

4. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1911)
"“Who then are the men whom you will compel to assume the guardianship of the State? Are they other than those who have the most profound knowledge of that ..."

5. A Brief for the Trial of Civil Issues Before a Jury by Austin Abbott, William Charles Wermuth (1922)
"Motion to compel election. a. Inconsistent causes of action or defenses. ... the court may, at the trial * compel the party to elect between them. ..."

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