AskDefine | Define compelling

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compelling (See compel)
ling adj
1 driving or forcing; "compelling ambition"
2 tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument; "new and compelling evidence"compel


1 force or compel somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form" [syn: oblige, obligate]
2 make someone do something [syn: command, require] [also: compelling, compelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of compel


  1. requiring urgent attention
    There are compelling reasons why these articles should have definitions.
  2. forceful
    The politician had compelling ambition.


requiring urgent attention
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