An example of compel is when you argue until someone agrees to give in.
The court compelled the company to pay full restitution. My conscience compels me to speak out.
I compel all creatures to my will.
Growing riots compelled the evacuation of the embassy.
Origin of compel
- Middle English compellen from Latin compellere com- com- pellere to drive pel-5 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition