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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
That, coupled with the team’s brilliance on a game-by-game basis, could be the impetus for attracting attention (and possibly even a larger fan base).
Another impetus for his makeover is the 100th anniversary of the institution’s charter, approaching in 2019.
Solar in Louisville: Louisville gains top solar-ready recognition The impetus is that new net metering law, which was supported by utilities but opposed by solar power advocates.
Foxconn has made similar claims that Trump's pledge to boost American manufacturing has been a major impetus for the Wisconsin deal.
As such, collaboration and communal working are often the impetuses for much of the positive production coming out of MAKE.
There was more impetus from the home side after the break, but there remained an absence of cutting edge and creativity.
Complaints are the impetus for enforcing the ordinance, which has been in effect for 22 years, according to Zoulas and other witnesses.
Many consider its demolition the impetus for Chicago’s preservation movement.
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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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