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Definition of Compel


  1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.
  2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort.
  3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate.
  4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company.
  5. To call forth; to summon.
  6. To make one yield or submit.

Compel Quotations

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.
B. R. Ambedkar

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.
Orison Swett Marden

The divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people, and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!
Jose Rizal

If physical power be the fountain of law, then law and force are synonymous terms. Or, perhaps, rather, law would be the result of a combination of will and force; of will, united with a physical power sufficient to compel obedience to it, but not necessarily having any moral character whatever.
Lysander Spooner

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson
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Compel Translations

compel in Afrikaans is verplig, dwing
compel in Danish is tvinge
compel in Dutch is verplichten, dwingen, noodzaken
compel in French is astreignons, astreindre, astreins, astreignent
compel in Latin is compello, coacto, cogo
compel in Portuguese is compila
compel in Spanish is obligar
compel in Swedish is tvinga, betvinga
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