Definitions for impetusˈɪm pɪ təs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsion(noun)

    a force that moves something along

  2. impulse, impulsion, impetus(noun)

    the act of applying force suddenly

    "the impulse knocked him over"


  1. Impetus(n.)

    Fig.: Impulse; incentive; stimulus; vigor; force; as, the President's strong recommendation provided the impetus needed to pass the campaign reform bill. Buckle.

  2. Origin: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]


  1. impetus(Noun)

    Something that impels, a stimulating factor.

    The outbreak of World War II in 1939 gave a new impetus to receiver development.

  2. impetus(Noun)

    A force, either internal or external, that impels; an impulse.

  3. impetus(Noun)

    The force or energy associated with a moving body; a stimulus.

  4. impetus(Noun)

    An activity in response to a stimulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impetus(noun)

    a property possessed by a moving body in virtue of its weight and its motion; the force with which any body is driven or impelled; momentum

  2. Impetus(noun)

    fig.: Impulse; incentive; vigor; force

  3. Impetus(noun)

    the aititude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece

  4. Origin: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]


  1. Impetus

    Impetus is a re-release of the EP Passive Restraints by rock band Clutch, with two new tracks added from the Pitchfork 12". It was released in 1997, and contains five tracks.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chris Norman:

    That gave me the impetus to get up and do it, they galvanized me to go.

  2. Raza Rumi:

    The impetus from the Taliban-type of movement is the fight against the military.

  3. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    The idea would be to invite (leaders) to give some political impetus right at the beginning.

  4. Tomohiko Taniguchi:

    The biggest impetus under which the Japanese people are now living is this obvious surge of Chinese power.

  5. Le Thi Thanh Hoa:

    It looks like the impetus has died off. doing business with the army is good because its prices are stable.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • উদ্দীপনাBengali
  • podnět, stimul, impulsCzech
  • Schwung, Anschub, Antrieb, Wucht, Schub, Anstoß, TriebkraftGerman
  • انگيختار, برانگیزنده, نیروی برانگیزندهPersian
  • liikevoima, sysäysFinnish
  • āingaMāori
  • impuls, stuwkracht, stimulans, prikkel, aanleiding, drijvende krachtDutch
  • drivkraftNorwegian
  • impulso, ímpetoPortuguese
  • импульс, стимул, толчокRussian
  • impuls, impetus, poticajSerbo-Croatian

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