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compelling
used in 1776

3 uses
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Definition
very interesting; or convincing — possibly leading to action

or more rarely:  a force for action
  • "I have no doubt but the nation at large sees the conduct in America in its true light," he had written to his Prime Minister, Lord North, "and I am certain any other conduct but compelling obedience would be ruinous and .... therefore no consideration could bring me to swerve from the present path which I think myself in duty-bound to follow."
    p. 6.4
  • At a stroke the Continental Congress had made the Glorious Cause of America more glorious still, for all the world to know, and also to give every citizen soldier at this critical juncture something still larger and more compelling for which to fight.
    p. 137.4
  • And there were, besides, compelling reasons to retire to New York City, for quarters for the army, and for the comforts and pleasures that so appealed to the general himself.
    p. 267.7

There are no more uses of "compelling" in 1776.

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