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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

compel /kəmˈpɛl/ vb ( -pels, -pelling, -pelled)(transitive)
  1. to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
  2. to obtain by force; exact: to compel obedience
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin compellere to drive together, from com- together + pellere to drive

comˈpellable adj

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