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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

I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question.
Harri Holkeri

An uplifting sense of purpose is more than an impetus for individual accomplishment, it is also a necessary insurance policy against expediency and impropriety.
Gary Hamel
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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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