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used in Atlas Shrugged

6 uses
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to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • But the law compels you to volunteer a defense!
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (52% in)
  • One of them read: "I had intended to undertake it in two years, but the statement of the State Science Institute compels me to proceed at once.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (74% in)
  • With everybody going broke and the tax receipts falling, we might-fact being that we hold well over fifty per cent of the Taggart bonds-we might be compelled to call for the payment of railroad bonds within six months.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (41% in)
  • '1 "Well, after all," said Philip, in the angry and cautious tone of a tentative threat, "I could have my friends assign me to a job here and compel you to accept it!"
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (42% in)
  • ...the man before himthen he looked at the tall, straight figure standing casually still, the figure with the unflinching eyes whose sight had cut through rock and flame to build this place-and then he knew how easily the man he was proposing to compel could let a single bucket of metal tilt over a second ahead of its time or let a single crane drop its load a foot short of its goal, and there would be nothing left of him, of Philip the claimantand his only protection lay in the fact that...
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (42% in)
  • Soybeans make an excellent substitute for bread, meat, cereals and coffee-and if all of us were compelled to adopt soybeans as our staple diet, it would solve the national food crisis and make it possible to feed more people.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (53% in)

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