What does impetus mean?

Definitions for impetus
ˈɪm pɪ təsim·pe·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsionnoun

    a force that moves something along

  2. impulse, impulsion, impetusnoun

    the act of applying force suddenly

    "the impulse knocked him over"


  1. Impetusnoun

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


  1. impetusnoun

    Something that impels, a stimulating factor.

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

  2. impetusnoun

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

  3. impetusnoun

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

  4. impetusnoun

    An activity in response to a stimulus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPETUSnoun

    Violent tendency to any point; violent effort.

    Etymology: Latin.

    Why did not they continue their descent 'till they were contiguous to the sun, whither both mutual attraction and impetus carried them. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. impetus

    Impetus is a force, energy, or stimulus that encourages a particular action or makes it proceed more quickly; it can also refer to momentum gained by a moving object.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impetusnoun

    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. Impetusnoun

    fig.: Impulse; incentive; vigor; force

  3. Impetusnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impetus

    In gunnery, the altitude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece.

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  1. imputes

  2. upsmite

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  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

Examples of impetus in a Sentence

  1. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

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

  2. Howard Rubel:

    They might as well use the impetus of (those contracts) to cut cost and offset the concessions they're being asked to make.

  3. Michael McCarthy:

    Sentiment towards the oil market remains negative but the lack of downward momentum in overnight trading has left bears a little nonplussed, we're looking for impetus to move down but the data released in the last 24 hours has been supportive of higher prices, not lower prices.

  4. Chris Norman:

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

  5. Donna Hoffman:

    The impetus to become more presidential is coming from some of the elite organs of the GOP, but he got to where he is today because of his persona, to continue this way will keep him alienated from the party, but to change means his supporters will question his authenticity.

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