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compel (someone) to (do something)

To strongly encourage or pressure someone to do something. Threaten me all you want—you'll never compel me to be a traitor to my country!
See also: compel, to
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compel someone to do something

to force someone to do something; to drive someone to so something. You can't compel me to do that. She compelled herself to try, even though she was ill.
See also: compel, to
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The constitutional analysis of governmentally compelled speech, however, is considerably more complicated, and, unfortunately, the Court has failed to provide a coherent theoretical explanation of its decisions on the subject.
The BJP leader, while addressing a public rally in Burhanpur, said, "Even a criminal, after committing a crime, expects relief from his public representative and we are also compelled to call up Police and say that the person has done this but spare him."
Some of the middle and lower-middle class families were downgraded to being poor for this reason and compelled to go into the slums.
the government has compelled them, private entities, to convey its
What does this autobiographical revelation have to do with compelled speech, which, after all, is the title of this essay?
In our view, the more distinctions that taxpayers and agents are compelled to draw under the change in accounting method procedures, the greater the likelihood of errors and disputes concerning the disposition of an item.
Because historians have neglected this history, it is easy to assume that, prior to Stonewall, gay men were isolated and compelled to live solitary lives, that hostility from the straight majority forced the gay world to remain invisible, and that because of such marginalization, gay men internalized the dominant culture's view of them as perverted.
At a news conference at the Punjab Assembly on Thursday, Mr Rasheed said the public hospitals had failed to meet the burden of patients and women were compelled to give birth to children outside hospitals.
Critique: The first volume of Erika Trevathan's paranormal romance series 'Compelled', "Compelled to Crave" is an impressively entertaining and engaging novel from beginning to end.
Moreover increasing demand has created a gap between supply and demand of electricity due to which PESCO is compelled, like other distribution companies, to carry out 4 to 6 hours load-shedding.
He said that the poor are compelled to purchase sugar on high prices due to artificial crisis of sugar in the country.
"Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living" is a handbook for Christians to find the love of God, use it to complete themselves, and spread it to others as well.
The court concluded that, at the time of the gifts, the charities were not legally bound and could not be compelled to sell the warrants; moreover, the facts fell squarely within Rev.
Arizona (1) of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination; (2) the other is contained within the language of the Sixth Amendment.