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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
Shirley Williams, administrator of student services for the district, said part of the impetus for creating the program — which used to be housed at a church — was to keep kids off the streets.
The impetus behind the design from Costain is to improve the safety of work zones set up on busy roads, while speeding up the tedious job of setting them up.
Stith says of the impetus to build an outdoor space.
But one of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix, said marijuana legalization is hardly the driving impetus behind #RedForEd.
Highlights include multiple community events and a strong sense of belonging that comes from highway access being the impetus for its growth on the outskirts of the big city.
Will the audiotape of anguished children be an impetus for altering Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy?
The death a year ago of Ohio's Otto Warmbier was the impetus for the extraordinary nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said Tuesday.
Warmbier's death was the impetus for the summit, Trump said.
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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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