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Definition a force that causes something or helps it move
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hilbery had been gathering impetus from her recollections, and was now in high spirits.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • The impetus of the blow carried Gulden off his balance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • 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?
  • 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
  • But the shock was insufficient to repel the impetus of the charge.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • 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
  • 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
  • The tone and impetus of public speaking carried him that far and no farther.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • We, however, needed another impetus to motivate us.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A result and impetus of all this activity became the Chicano Moratorium Against the War.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • 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
  • He, meanwhile, felt the impetus of his indignation diverted toward Philip.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Smiling, but somehow disillusioned, she jumped out, and her impetus carried her to the front-door.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End

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