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tr.v. com·pelled, com·pel·ling, com·pels
1. To force (a person) to do something; drive or constrain: The court compelled the company to pay full restitution. My conscience compels me to speak out. See Synonyms at force.
2. To necessitate or require, as by force of circumstance; demand: Growing riots compelled the evacuation of the embassy.
3. To exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people" (Barry Lopez).

[Middle English compellen, from Latin compellere : com-, com- + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

com·pel′la·ble adj.
com·pel′la·bly adv.
com·pel′ler n.


adj (Jur) witnessaussagepflichtig
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The Chancery is a Court of Conscience, and to purge a guilty conscience it was first necessary that the wrongdoer should redress the harm done, as far as that was possible and compellable (ibid at 22).
148) The question before the court was whether acts of "mere submission to military authority, where obedience would have been compellable," the "temporary acquiescence" to their control was no "waiver of right," and not notwithstanding the previous claim of exemption by the plaintiff, he had waived any right of exemption so "voluntarily to become a soldier under the draft, the voluntary waiver should have been directly averred.
For this reason, the administration of the oath to Velasco by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the registration of his name in the rolls of the House by the secretary general were ministerial duties compellable by mandamus, Te said.
But Section 5 of the Act states that: "No witness at the inquiry shall be compellable to answer any question tending to show that he is guilty of any crime or offence.