Definition of compelling adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpelɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpelɪŋ//
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  1. 1that makes you pay attention to it because it is so interesting and exciting Her latest book makes compelling reading. Synonymsinterestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe somebody/​something that attracts or holds your attention because they are exciting, unusual or full of good ideas.interesting attracting your attention because it is exciting, unusual or full of good ideas:That’s an interesting question, Daniel.fascinating extremely interesting or attractive:The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the steam age.compelling (rather formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:Thank you for a most stimulating discussion.gripping so exciting or interesting that it holds your attention completely:His books are always so gripping.absorbing so interesting or enjoyable that it holds your attention:Chess can be an extremely absorbing game.Patterns interesting/​fascinating/​stimulating for somebody interesting/​fascinating to somebody interesting/​fascinating that… interesting/​fascinating to see/​hear/​find/​learn/​know… a(n) interesting/​fascinating/​compelling/​gripping story/​read/​book a(n) interesting/​fascinating/​stimulating experience/​discussion/​idea to find something interesting/​fascinating/​compelling/​stimulating/​gripping/​absorbing
  2. 2so strong that you must do something about it a compelling need/desire
  3. 3that makes you think it is true There is no compelling reason to believe him. compelling evidence
  4. Extra examples His eyes were strangely compelling. There is no logically compelling argument to support their claims. He was a sad man with a compelling need to talk about his unhappiness. The logic of this point of view is not compelling and is not supported by the data. The new studies provide compelling evidence in support of these concepts.
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