Compelling

  • 1 compelling — adj: that compels: tending to demand action or to convince a compelling need for disclosure a compelling argument Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. compelling …

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  • 2 compelling — compelling, compulsive Both words involve a sense of strong urging and are derived from Latin compellere meaning ‘to drive on’. An activity or habit that is compulsive affects an individual in a way they cannot control (a near synonym is… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 compelling — [kəm pel′iŋ] adj. 1. that compels 2. irresistibly or keenly interesting, attractive, etc.; captivating [a compelling drama] compellingly adv …

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  • 4 compelling — c.1600, prp. adj. from COMPEL (Cf. compel). Meaning irresistible is from 1901 …

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  • 5 compelling — telling, convincing, cogent, sound, *valid …

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  • 6 compelling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ powerfully evoking attention or admiration. DERIVATIVES compellingly adverb …

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  • 7 compelling — com|pel|ling [kəmˈpelıŋ] adj 1.) compelling reason/argument/case etc an argument etc that makes you feel certain that something is true or that you must do something about it ▪ Lucy had no compelling reason to go into town. ▪ The court was… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 compelling — [[t]kəmpe̱lɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A compelling argument or reason is one that convinces you that something is true or that something should be done. Factual and forensic evidence makes a suicide verdict the most compelling answer to the …

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  • 9 compelling — adj. 1 holding your attention VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ▪ find sth ADVERB ▪ very ▪ utterly …

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  • 10 compelling — adjective Date: 1606 that compels: as a. forceful < a compelling personality > b. demanding attention < for compelling reasons > c. convincing < no compelling evidence > • compellingly …

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  • 11 compelling — /keuhm pel ing/, adj. 1. tending to compel; overpowering: compelling reasons. 2. having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: a man of compelling integrity; a compelling drama. [1490 1500; COMPEL + …

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  • 12 compelling — adjective 1 extremely interesting or exciting: a compelling personality 2 compelling argument/reason/cases etc an argument etc that makes you feel it is true or that you must do something about it: He felt a compelling need to tell someone about… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 compelling — /kəmˈpɛlɪŋ / (say kuhm peling) adjective 1. demanding attention or interest: a compelling writer; a compelling movie. 2. convincing: a compelling argument. –compellingly, adverb …

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  • 14 compelling — adjective a) requiring urgent attention There are compelling reasons why these articles should have definitions. b) forceful The politician had compelling ambition. See Also: compel …

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  • 15 compelling — com|pel|ling [ kəm pelıŋ ] adjective 1. ) interesting or exciting enough to keep your attention completely: a compelling story 2. ) able to persuade someone to do something or persuade them that something is true: There was compelling evidence in …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 compelling — adjective 1) a compelling performance Syn: enthralling, captivating, gripping, riveting, spellbinding, mesmerizing, absorbing, irresistible Ant: boring 2) a compelling argument Syn …

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  • 17 compelling — adjective 1) a compelling performance Syn: enthralling, captivating, gripping, riveting, spellbinding, mesmerizing, absorbing 2) a compelling argument Syn: convincing, persuasive, cogent …

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  • 18 compelling — UK [kəmˈpelɪŋ] / US adjective 1) interesting or exciting enough to keep your attention completely a compelling story 2) able to persuade someone to do something or persuade them that something is true There was compelling evidence in her defence …

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  • 19 compelling — [kəmˈpelɪŋ] adj 1) interesting or exciting enough to keep your attention completely a compelling story[/ex] 2) able to persuade someone to do or believe something compelling evidence[/ex] …

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  • 20 compelling — com•pel•ling [[t]kəmˈpɛl ɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) tending to compel; overpowering: compelling reasons[/ex] 2) having a powerful and irresistible effect: a compelling drama[/ex] • Etymology: 1490–1500 com•pel′ling•ly, adv …

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