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compelling

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adjective com·pel·ling \kəm-ˈpe-liŋ\

Simple Definition of compelling

  • : 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

  1. :  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.



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First Known Use of compelling

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