adjective \kəm-ˈpe-liŋ\

: very interesting : able to capture and hold your attention

: capable of causing someone to believe or agree

: strong and forceful : causing you to feel that you must do something

Full Definition of COMPELLING

:  that compels: as
a :  forceful <a compelling personality>
b :  demanding attention <for compelling reasons>
c :  convincing <no compelling evidence>
com·pel·ling·ly adverb

Examples of COMPELLING

  1. The novel was so compelling that I couldn't put it down.
  2. He made a compelling argument.
  3. I would need a very compelling reason to leave my job.
  4. She had a compelling need to share what she had heard.

First Known Use of COMPELLING



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