impel, induce

impel, induce
Does one say "I wonder what impelled him to do that" or "I wonder what induced him..."? Impel means "to drive or press on," "to incite," "to propel": "The angry speaker was impelled by his sense of injustice." "The coach's fiery talk to his players impelled them to play harder." Induce means "to lead or move by persuasion," "to bring about": "This medicine will induce sleep very quickly." "Your remarks have induced me to change my attitude." In the first sentence of this entry, use impelled if some force or outside influence was operating; use induced if some inner conviction led to action.

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  • induce — See impel, induce. See impel, induce …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • impel — See compel. See compel, impel See impel, induce …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • induce — induce, persuade, prevail, get are comparable when meaning to move another by arguments, entreaties, or promises to do or agree to something or to follow a recommended course. Induce usually implies overcoming indifference, hesitation, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Induce — In*duce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Induced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inducing}.] [L. inducere, inductum; pref. in in + ducere to lead. See {Duke}, and cf. {Induct}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The poet may be seen… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • induce — I verb actuate, adducere, be responsible, bring about, bring on, bring to pass, call forth, cause, conduce, convince, create, effect, effectuate, exercise influence over, generate, hasten, impellere, incite, inducere, influence, instigate, kindle …   Law dictionary

  • Impel — Im*pel , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impelling}.] [L. impellere; pref. im in + pellere, pulsum, to drive. See {Pulse} a beat, and cf. {Impulse}.] To drive or urge forward or on; to press on; to incite to action or motion in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impel — I verb actuate, agitate, arouse, catapult, cause, drive forward, drive onward, encourage, fling, give an impetus, heave, hurl, impart momentum, impart motion, incitare, incite, incite to action, induce, instigate, jaculate, launch, mobilize,… …   Law dictionary

  • impel — [v] prompt, incite actuate, boost, compel, constrain, drive, excite, foment, force, goad, induce, influence, inspire, instigate, jog, lash, mobilize, motivate, move, oblige, poke, power, press, prod, propel, push, require, set in motion, shove,… …   New thesaurus

  • induce — [v] cause to happen; encourage abet, activate, actuate, argue into, breed, bring about, bring around, bulldoze*, cajole, cause, coax, convince, draw, draw in, effect, engender, generate, get*, get up, give rise to, goose*, impel, incite,… …   New thesaurus

  • impel — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. drive, push, urge; force, constrain; incite, compel, induce. See impulse, motion. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To urge or force] Syn. induce, instigate, animate, compel; see drive 1 , force 1 , motivate …   English dictionary for students

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