verb (used with object), im·pelled, im·pel·ling.

  1. to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action.
  2. to drive or cause to move onward; propel; impart motion to.

verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)

  1. to urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  2. to push, drive, or force into motion

early 15c., from Latin impellere “to push, strike against, drive forward, urge on,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + pellere “to push, drive” (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Impelled; impelling.

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