What does compelled mean?

Definitions for compelled

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word compelled.

Did you actually mean completed or complete?


  1. Compelled

    Compelled is a 1960 British neo noir black and white crime film, one of two films directed by Ramsey Herrington. It stars Ronald Howard and Beth Rogan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compelled

    of Compel

Editors Contribution

  1. compelled

    prompted to or that one has to

    As class president, he felt compelled to tape a note about students' concerns on the teacher’s desk. Due to his conscience, he felt compelled to tell the truth.

    Etymology: Source from en.wiktionary.org "From Middle English compellen, borrowed from Middle French compellir, from Latin compellere, itself from com- (“together”) + pellere (“to drive”)." Source: lexico.com (Oxford Languages)

    Submitted by anonymous on December 27, 2020  

How to pronounce compelled?

How to say compelled in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compelled in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compelled in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of compelled in a Sentence

  1. David Lee Roth:

    'Hey Ed, objects in the rear-view mirror are probably me,’ and my doctors, my handlers, compelled me to really address that every time I go on stage, I endanger that future.

  2. Jason Kirk:

    Our water managers have dealt with such large quantities of rain and runoff entering the lake that it would cover the entire state of Delaware in two feet of water, however, after visiting with local elected officials in Martin County yesterday and viewing the algae first hand, we felt compelled to take action, even though we need to remain vigilant in managing the level of Lake Okeechobee.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    I've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them, that is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.

  4. Facebook Haugen:

    I joined Facebook... because someone close to me was radicalized online, i felt compelled to take an active role in creating a better, less toxic Facebook.

  5. Vijay Samuel Benjamin:

    The ideal partnership scenario is one where both parties feel compelled to come back to the table PERIODICALLY to figure out how to take the next step forward & make it successful - this is TRUE for Business, Marriage & even our relationship with GOD !

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for compelled

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for compelled »


Find a translation for the compelled definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"compelled." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 3 Mar. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/compelled>.

Discuss these compelled definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for compelled? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    valuable goods
    • A. epiphora
    • B. swag
    • C. flunkey
    • D. allogamy

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for compelled: