Definition of Impel

1. Verb. Urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate. "They impel him to write the letter"

Exact synonyms: Force
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make
Derivative terms: Force, Impulsion, Impulsive



2. Verb. Cause to move forward with force. ; "Steam propels this ship"

Definition of Impel

1. v. t. To drive or urge forward or on; to press on; to incite to action or motion in any way.

Definition of Impel

1. Verb. (transitive) To urge a person; to press on; to incite to action or motion via intrinsic motivation. (contrast with propel, to compel or drive extrinsically) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To drive forward; to propel an object. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Impel

1. to force into action [v -PELLED, -PELLING, -PELS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Impel

impediment
impedimenta
impedimental
impediments
impeding
impedingly
impedition
impeditions
impeditive
impedivity
impeed
impeeded
impeeding
impeeds
impeke
impel (current term)
impelled
impellent
impellents
impeller
impellers
impelling
impellor
impellors
impels
impen
impend
impended
impendence
impendency

Literary usage of Impel

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1. The Elements of Moral Science, Theoretical and Practical by Noah Porter (1890)
"Each of these relationships is attended by, and stimulates, special and peculiar affections ; and these affections common impel to certain duties. ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... His groans the lonely caverns fill, His tears of rage impel the rill; All mourn the minstrel's harp unstrung, Their name unknown, their praise unsung. ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"... eights near Captain Hamilton's, will, I hope, impel the enemy to evacuate the whole ridge .... impel ..."

4. A View of the Causes and Consequences of the Present War with France by Thomas Erskine Erskine (1797)
"... to impel him as it were, by a law of his nature, always to act upon one principle under the pretext of another. ..."

5. A View of the Causes and Consequences of the Present War with France by Thomas Erskine Erskine (1797)
"... to impel him as it were, by a law tof his nature, always to act upon one principle under the pretext of another. ..."

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