1.1The force that makes something happen or happen more quickly: the crisis of the 1860s provided the original impetus for the settlements
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- The requirements of homogeneous diesel combustion processes give additional impetuses to the continued development of piezo controls for unit injector systems.
- The expanded literature search was very coincident with the initial search, providing most of the same reasons, purposes, and impetuses for developing peer institution selection systems.
- One of the most interesting points to emerge is a recognition that with hindsight, European radicalism has once again written itself as a form of diffusionism, its sources and impetuses exclusive unto itself.
mid 17th century: from Latin, 'assault, force', from impetere 'assail', from in- 'toward' + petere 'seek'.