compelling

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adjective com·pel·ling \kəm-ˈpe-liŋ\

Definition of compelling

  1. :  that compels: such asa :  forceful <a compelling personality> <a compelling desire>b :  demanding attention <for compelling reasons> <The novel was so compelling that I couldn't put it down.>c :  convincing <no compelling evidence>

compellingly

adverb

Examples of compelling in a sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of compelling

see compel


First Known Use: 1606


COMPELLING Defined for English Language Learners

compelling

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adjective com·pel·ling \kəm-ˈpe-liŋ\

Definition of compelling for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

compelling

adjective com·pel·ling

Legal Definition of compelling

  1. :  that compels :  tending to demand action or to convince <a compelling need for disclosure> <a compelling argument>



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