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He had not the least idea why he had been impelled to go home.

Impelled by fear, he was hardly conscious of his words; hardly responsible for them.

They held their course as if they were impelled and driven by its fury.

Then, impelled by an instinctive sense of justice, she resumed.

Believe me, I would not utter a word or write a line if I were not impelled to it.

A new idea had just impelled Claude onward through the crowd.

An invincible revolt, the anger of a wife buffeted at home, impelled her forward.

This was so noticeable that Laban Keeler was impelled to speak of it.

He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.

But what could have impelled the assertors to such a course?

WORD ORIGIN

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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