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Compelled Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    compelled See compel
Compelled Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    compel v
  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]
Compelled Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Compel \Com*pel"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compelled; p. pr. & vb. n Compelling.] [L. compellere, compulsum, to drive together, to compel, urge; com- + pellere to drive: cf. OF. compellir. See Pulse.]
  1. To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force. Wolsey . . . compelled the people to pay up the whole subsidy at once. --Hallam. And they compel one Simon . . . to bear his cross. --Mark xv. 21.
  2. To take by force or violence; to seize; to exact; to extort. [R.] Commissions, which compel from each The sixth part of his substance. --Shak.
  3. To force to yield; to overpower; to subjugate. Easy sleep their weary limbs compelled. --Dryden. I compel all creatures to my will. --Tennyson.
  4. To gather or unite in a crowd or company. [A Latinism] ``In one troop compelled.'' --Dryden.
  5. To call forth; to summon. [Obs.] --Chapman. She had this knight from far compelled. --Spenser. Syn: To force; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce. See Coerce.
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* I could have spoken from Rhode Island where I have been staying ... But I felt that, in speaking from the house of Lincoln, of Jackson, and of Wilson, my words would better convey both the sadness I feel in the action I was compelled today to make and the firmness with which I intend to pursue this course until the orders of the federal court at Little Rock can be executed without unlawful interference. (On sending troops to enforce integration in Little Rock AR High School) - Dwight D Eisenhower

* Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals. - Vaclav Havel

* A fanatic is one compelled to action by the need to find a strong meaning in life. The fanatic determines for himself what role he is to play in life, and his intense devotion to a cause is the means. - Eugene E. Brussell

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