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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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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.
Section 189 of the CCRA, supra note 29 sets out that the Correctional Investigator is not a competent or compellable witness in legal proceedings, but this does not prevent the use of the reports as evidence.
The legal advice we got is that there is possibly about a half an hour of that night is not accessible to the inquiry team but all the information that led up to that and was used on that night that influenced that decision and led to that decision is compellable to the inquiry.