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used in Middlemarch

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very interesting; or convincing — possibly leading to action

or more rarely:  a force for action
  • The pity which had been the restraining compelling motive in her life with him still clung about his image, even while she remonstrated with him in indignant thought and told him that he was unjust.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (4% in)
  • "Well, that is generous," said Mr. Farebrother, compelling himself to approve of the man whom he disliked.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (81% in)

There are no more uses of "compelling" in Middlemarch.

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