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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

I love video games. I'm also slightly in awe of them. I'm in awe of their power in terms of imagination, in terms of technology, in terms of concept. But I think, above all, I'm in awe at their power to motivate, to compel us, to transfix us, like really nothing else we've ever invented has quite done before.
Tom Chatfield

We are spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father who placed us in mortality to see if we would choose - freely choose - to keep His commandments and come unto His Beloved Son. They do not compel us. They cannot, for that would interfere with the plan of happiness. And so there is in us a God-given desire to be responsible for our own choices.
Henry B. Eyring

Some husbands regard it as their prerogative to compel their wives to fit their standards of what they think to be the ideal.
Gordon B. Hinckley
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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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