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Budget cuts were the impetus for the reorganization.
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impetus impetuses
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  • Budget cuts were the impetus for the reorganization.
  • The Supreme Court decision provided the impetus for the change.
  • Smiling, but somehow disillusioned, she jumped out, and her impetus carried her to the front-door.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • Hilbery had been gathering impetus from her recollections, and was now in high spirits.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day

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  • If anything had been needed to give an impetus to Jack McMurdo’s popularity among his fellows it would have been his arrest and acquittal.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Valley of Fear
  • There was a technological and a logistical necessity embedded in the new directive, the impetus of which derived not from any sudden preservative concern on the part of the Germans for the Slavs and other "Aryan" non-Jewish deportees, but from an overriding obsession—springing from Hitler and amounting now to mania in the minds of Himmler, Eichmann and their cousin overlords in the SS chain of command—to finally get on with the Jewish slaughter until every Jew in Europe had perished.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The impetus to help comes from the local bishop, Hipolito Reyes Larios.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Laila learned eventually that the impetus for this transformation was an eighteen-year-old boy whose attention Giti had caught.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Set up standards of achievement open to all, to the least, to the most inept—and you stop the impetus to effort in all men, great or small.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But the shock was insufficient to repel the impetus of the charge.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • In less than an hour he left the rudder and furled his sails, whilst the sledge, carried forward by the great impetus the wind had given it, went on half a mile further with its sails unspread.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The tone and impetus of public speaking carried him that far and no farther.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The regiment, relieved of a burden, received a new impetus.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I saw that in another moment, and with one impetus of frenzy more, I should be able to do nothing with him.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ’Even this artistic impetus would at last die away—had almost died in the Time I saw.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • ’Halloa?’ said a little ugly hump-backed man: opening the door so suddenly, that the doctor, from the very impetus of his last kick, nearly fell forward into the passage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • CYRANO (stepping back, and enticing him further away): And then, the second way, To generate wind—for my impetus— To rarefy air, in a cedar case, By mirrors placed icosahedron-wise.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • As the impetus that carried Cherokee forward died down, he continued to go forward of his own volition, in a swift, bow-legged run.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It was at once deeply impressed upon my mind, that, if Mr. DOUGLASS could be persuaded to consecrate his time and talents to the promotion of the anti-slavery enterprise, a powerful impetus would be given to it, and a stunning blow at the same time inflicted on northern prejudice against a colored complexion.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • She gets pregnant sometimes and then the vicious cycle is given impetus.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It was one of those complicated fabrics that have since been called handling-machines, and the study of which has already given such an enormous impetus to terrestrial invention.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • At this moment Derick was in the act of pitching his lamp-feeder at the advancing boats, and also his oil-can; perhaps with the double view of retarding his rivals’ way, and at the same time economically accelerating his own by the momentary impetus of the backward toss.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Outside, beyond the walls, we’ll dig a moat around the perimeter, to hold at bay their teams and men, and break the impetus of Trojans in assault.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • A result and impetus of all this activity became the Chicano Moratorium Against the War.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • It is the impetus of that shattering phalanx of iron—spread across the battlefront, inescapable, pulverizing, louder than drums, beating the earth.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It’s something physical like graffiti The impetus to engage in a certain kind of behavior is not coming from a certain kind of person but from a feature of the environment.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • -from "Manual of Muad’Dib" by the Princess Irulan It was a relief globe of a world, partly in shadows, spinning under the impetus of a fat hand that glittered with rings.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • For the moment, Dick was too shaken by the impetus of his newly recognized emotion to resolve things into the pattern of the holiday, so the women, missing something, lapsed into a vague unhappiness.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • All I would say is, that I can go abroad without your family coming forward to favour me, — in short, with a parting Shove of their cold shoulders; and that, upon the whole, I would rather leave England with such impetus as I possess, than derive any acceleration of it from that quarter.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • What I longed for in my despair was life and resolution, action and reaction, impulse and impetus.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He was her only child, born of an occasional alliance with the well-known shipowner Don Pius V Loayza, one of the three brothers who had founded the River Company of the Caribbean and thereby given new impetus to steam navigation along the Magdalena River.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I was poised for flight, but I was waiting for some event, some word, some act, some circumstance to furnish the impetus.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Again, in our own land, the reaction from the sentiment of war time has given impetus to race-prejudice against Negroes, and Mr. Washington withdraws many of the high demands of Negroes as men and American citizens.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The impetus with which inclination became resolution was heightened by those little events of the day which had roused her discontent with the actual conditions of her life.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was that impetus that drove him to give up his heart, just as I was driven to help him do it because it would cancel out my vote to execute him in the first place.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He, meanwhile, felt the impetus of his indignation diverted toward Philip.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "I was kind of hoping this would be the impetus to get him to make a change and get off the streets," says James Velarde, a friend who lives nearby and visited Adams in the hospital, first at County-USC and later at Rancho Los Amigos.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Swann deemed it wise to make allowance in his life for the suffering which he derived from not knowing what Odette had done, just as he made allowance for the impetus which a damp climate always gave to his eczema; to anticipate in his budget the expenditure of a considerable sum on procuring, with regard to the daily occupations of Odette, information the lack of which would make him unhappy, just as he reserved a margin for the gratification of other tastes from which he knew that…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …exhausting himself in attempts to get back to the mouth of the cove, in his weakness swimming several inches deeper than was his wont, keeping up his breathing entirely by his nostrils, turning upon his back a dozen times over, swimming en papillon, and so on, Troy resolved as a last resource to tread water at a slight incline, and so endeavour to reach the shore at any point, merely giving himself a gentle impetus inwards whilst carried on in the general direction of the tide.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …with all the cards in his hand and he had a capital opening to make a name for himself and win a high place in the city’s esteem where he could command a stiff figure and, booking ahead, give a grand concert for the patrons of the King street house, given a backerup, if one were forthcoming to kick him upstairs, so to speak, a big if, however, with some impetus of the goahead sort to obviate the inevitable procrastination which often tripped-up a too much fêted prince of good fellows.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That insight created a major impetus for research in China but in the West as well.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The impetus of the blow carried Gulden off his balance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • She ran in as far as the middle of the lobby as though from impetus.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • We, however, needed another impetus to motivate us.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Smiling, but somehow disillusioned, she jumped out, and her impetus carried her to the front-door.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He missed the bandanna, and the impetus of the movement sent him staggering a pace or two forward.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • We pretended we were warning him, but of course we were hoping to give him impetus to try to be with you.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • And when he stood erect again it seemed that the old earth had a stirring, electrifying impetus for his feet.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • What of my impetus and the stunning surprise, I clattered three or four steps along the deck before I could stop myself.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • And now, with a ringing, wild snort, he seemed to double up in muscular convulsions and to shoot forward with an impetus that almost unseated Venters.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
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