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    Default compel impel

    it's hard for me to understand the difference between

    compel

    and

    impel

    the definitions all look the same- and so do the example sentences

    how do these two words differ?

    thanks.

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    Default Re: compel impel

    Quote Originally Posted by kpkroy View Post
    it's hard for me to understand the difference between

    compel

    and

    impel

    the definitions all look the same- and so do the example sentences

    how do these two words differ?

    thanks.
    impel means to urge or encourage while compel means to take action as a result of pressure or coercion; impel is very similar in meaning to compel but suggests even more strongly an inner drive to do something and often a greater urgency in the desire to actSource: Roget's New Millenniumô Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
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    * = informal or slang

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