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Definition of Impetus

Impetus

  1. A property possessed by a moving body in virtue of its weight and its motion; the force with which any body is driven or impelled; momentum.
  2. Fig.: Impulse; incentive; vigor; force.
  3. The aititude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece.

Impetus Quotations

Heartbreak was the impetus to me writing poems and music in the first place. Over the years, I had my heart broken so badly that if I didn't find a way to get all the pain out, I was going to lose my mind. I was crazy! Like, wanting to slash tires and smash car windows. Crazy! I was so hurt that I had to write.
Jill Scott

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
Jimmy Carter

Although prefabrication has a long history - the ancient Romans shipped pre-cut stone columns, pediments, and other architectural elements to their colonies in North Africa, where the numbered parts were reassembled into temples - the idea took on a new impetus with the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution.
Martin Filler

The joy which answers to prayer give, cannot be described; and the impetus which they afford to the spiritual life is exceedingly great.
George Muller

Conformism is essential to the group coherence and 'spirit.' The whole impetus behind tribalism of this kind is conservative: Belonging to the tribe is defined by opposition to other tribes. Our tribe, and its traditional ways, is superior to other tribes because it is ours.
Russell Smith
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Impetus Translations

impetus in Dutch is onstuimigheid, vuur, heftigheid
impetus in French is incitation, impulsion
impetus in German is Auftrieb {m}
impetus in Norwegian is impuls, stimulans
impetus in Swedish is fart, impuls
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