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Examples of impetus in a Sentence
- In a revealing comment, Mr. Updike says an impetus for Rabbit, Run was the "threatening" success of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the signature book of the 1950s Beat Generation, and its frenetic search for sensation. —Dennis Farney, Wall Street Journal, 16 Sept. 1992
- But 1939 gave new impetus to the Western with the Cecil B. de Mille railway epic Union Pacific, John Ford's skillful and dramatic Stagecoach, … and George Marshall's classic comic Western, Destry Rides Again. —Ira Konigsberg, The Complete Film Dictionary, 1987
- … new techniques of navigation and shipbuilding enlarged trade and the geographical horizon; newly centralized power absorbed from the declining medieval communes was at the disposal of the monarchies and the growing nationalism of the past century gave it impetus … —Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly, 1984
His discoveries have given impetus to further research.
the reward money should be sufficient impetus for someone to come forward with information about the robbery
Recent Examples of impetus from the Web
Bad for country! -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017 A previous Tweet from Trump, also sent out Wednesday morning, suggested the impetus for his remark.
Dyson cites a desire to do something about air pollution as the impetus behind much of his company's work, and, much like Tesla's Elon Musk, decided to develop his own EV in response to a lack of action by traditional automakers.
This isolation of the military shifts the burden of service to a small, unrepresentative segment of society, and removes the impetus for Americans to pay attention when their country goes to war.
That was the impetus for the Aurora officials to contact the mayor's office in Houston to ask what Aurora could do to help.
So, that will provide impetus for the private insurers to step up their game.
The impetus to educate children lies within each school district.
The change in policy drew impetus from the White House, and in particular, Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the president who has been instrumental in crafting the administration’s policies on refugees and immigration.
The impetus for her huge transformation: losing her grandmother to cancer the previous Christmas.
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impetus Has Latin Roots
You already have plenty of incentive to learn the origin of "impetus," so we won't force the point. "Impetus" comes from Latin, where it means "attack or assault"; the verb "impetere" was formed by combining the prefix in- with petere, meaning "to go to or seek." "Petere" also gives us other words suggesting a forceful urging or momentum, such as "appetite," "perpetual," and "centripetal." "Impetus" describes the kind of force that encourages an action ("the impetus behind the project") or the momentum of an action already begun ("the meetings only gave impetus to the rumors of a merger").
Synonymsboost, encouragement, goad, impulse, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, spur, stimulant, stimulus, yeast
Related Wordsinducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, spark
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