What does impetus mean?

Definitions for impetusˈɪm pɪ təs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impetus.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impetus

    im′pe-tus, n. an attack: force or quantity of motion: violent tendency to any point. [L.,—in, in, petĕre, to fall upon.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Raza Rumi:

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

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Inspirations/motivations are spring boards i.e. they do provide impetus to an action/enterprise. So, do go for them as often as you can.

  3. Doug Boucher:

    The impetus to set up a global trading market has been flagging over the last few years, if I were to place a bet, it probably won't happen.

  4. Norman Mailer:

    There's a subterranean impetus towards pornography so powerful that half the business world is juiced by the sort of half sex that one finds in advertisements.

  5. Katherine Farley:

    His gift provides the critical impetus for the project’s fundraising campaign, david has devoted much of his remarkable career to fostering young artists and musicians.

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