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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
The 48-minute, nine-part ballet takes its musical and choreographic impetus from the notion of the dybbuk, a lost and restless spirit found in Central-European Jewish folklore.
The main impetus for the boost has been a shift to the top end of the market, with one out of every eight smartphones sold in the third quarter priced above $900 – contrasted to only one in 16 from a year ago.
Despite the numerous school shootings across the country since that April day in 1999, DeAngelis said that event was the impetus for change.
The impetus for the request, as the owner told city officials, is the nearby Root River Parkway, where many people jog or walk with their dogs, Lajsic said.
The impetus for the hearing was the scandal over Cambridge Analytica, which collected data on 87 million Facebook users without their consent.
The impetus was a devastating chemical attack in Syria, likely launched by the government of Bashar al-Assad against a rebel stronghold.
In the end, engagement is the true impetus behind organizational transformation.
The impetus for Monday’s announcement was the tedium of unlimited meetings between the pitcher and catcher, which stifle the action.
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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").
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IMPETUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impetus for English Language Learners
: a force that causes something (such as a process or activity) to be done or to become more active
: a force that causes an object to begin moving or to continue to move
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