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compelling Syllabification: com·pel·ling
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpeliNG/

Definition of compelling in English:


1Evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way: his eyes were strangely compelling a compelling film
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  • Both draw their power from the compelling image of the strongman posing as the common man.
  • Despite these weaknesses, his film has many compelling moments with strong performances from the leading actors.
  • Penn's acting is powerful, compelling and intense.
1.1Not able to be refuted; inspiring conviction: compelling evidence a compelling argument
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  • His revelations of these falsehoods, fictions, fabrications and fantasies are backed by compelling evidence and cohesive argument.
  • The ultrastructural evidence makes a compelling argument for this tumor being of salivary nonrenal origin, distinct from CCC.19
  • The arguments are constructive with compelling evidence to support the claims.
convincing, persuasive, cogent, irresistible, powerful, strong, weighty, plausible, credible, sound, valid, telling, conclusive, irrefutable, unanswerable
1.2Not able to be resisted; overwhelming: the temptation to give up was compelling
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  • The courts have widely recognized that remedying the present effects of an institution's past discrimination is a compelling interest.
  • No credible person could dispute that having impartial judges is a compelling state interest.
  • But there's a very compelling party interest, they believe, in unifying the party, so one candidate can carry the banner against the candidates.
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