WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•pel•lent  (im pelənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. impelling:an impellent power; an impellent cause.

n. 
  1. something that impels;
    an impelling agency or force.
  • Latin impellent- (stem of impellēns), present participle of impellere to set in motion. See impel, -ent
  • 1610–20

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