Compelling means attractive, or irresistible, or really, really convincing. You know your argument for backpacking across Europe is compelling when your parents not only let you go but also pay for all your expenses.

To compel is to drive or force into action –– the way the fear of being grounded might compel you to come home before your curfew. A compelling argument compels you to agree with its logic –– it's irresistible. If you decide to run for class president, you'll need to write a compelling speech about why students should vote for you.

Definitions of compelling
  1. adjective
    capable of arousing and holding the attention
    synonyms: absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
    arousing or holding the attention
  2. adjective
    tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument
    “new and compelling evidence”
    intended or having the power to induce action or belief
  3. adjective
    driving or forcing
    compelling ambition”
    having great power or force or potency or effect
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