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Definitionto force someone to do something
or more rarely:
to convince someone to do something
- If women were so unfortunate as to be compelled to make a little money to assist their families in these hard times, they made it in quiet womanly ways—baking as Mrs. Merriwether was doing, or painting china and sewing and keeping boarders, like Mrs. Elsing and Fanny, or teaching school like Mrs. Meade or giving music lessons like Mrs. Bonnell.4.36 (78% in)
- The second Mrs. Calvert had never known how to compel respect from negro servants and it was not to be expected that she could get it from a white man.3.29 (48% in)
There are no more uses of "compel" in Gone with the Wind.
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