impetus was our Word of the Day on 08/07/2013. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Coming out of the White House, obviously knowing that many of our achievements were threatened or had already been reversed in some fashion, certainly was an impetus for me contemplating running.
Organizers ColdIron Enterprises Inc., Glier’s Meats Inc., and the Newport Southbank Bridge Company cited the series' success as the impetus for adding four more Wednesday night dates and a Friday night concert.
The impetus was as a community supporting small businesses.
The impetus is cloud computing and mobile communication.
The impetus for FC Cincinnati to host teams like Valencia is rooted in core organizational beliefs.
Their machine-like dedication was the impetus that spawned Atlanta's current think-tank approach to production.
On the other hand, that's generally a good thing to do to your leather, so if the deodorizing serves as impetus to treat your leather accessories to a hit of conditioner, that's actually great.
Still, the State Department’s definition did nothing to assuage concerns that the impetus of the policy is Trump’s discriminatory intent toward Muslims.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impetus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up impetus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).