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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
According to the New York Times, the tariff decision appears to have been the impetus behind the resignation of Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, on Tuesday.
Fergus Craik, a pioneer in cognitive memory psychology at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto provided the impetus for this research.
The city’s study was the impetus for the opera’s new study, Junkert said.
The impetus comes from Beth and Randall’s argument in the middle of the strip club, when Beth tells Kate to back off.
In America, white supremacy has been the impetus for the transatlantic slave trade, the genocide of Indigenous tribes, thousands of anti-black lynchings, Islamophobic violence, and domestic terrorism.
Attention grabber The impetus behind Gavre’s waffle-head was simple: why not?
But Book said the impetus for the bill came from the fight over renaming three street signs in Hollywood named for Confederate generals.
That, in essence, is the impetus behind a boundary agreement town and village officials are now discussing.
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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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