1. The act of addressing or designating someone by name.
2. A name; an appellation.
[Latin compellātiō, compellātiōn-, from compellātus, past participle of compellāre, to address; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]
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a rare word for appellation
[C17: from Latin compellātiō, from compellāre to accost, from appellāre to call]
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com•pel•la•tion(ˌkɒm pəˈleɪ ʃən)
1. the act of addressing a person.
2. manner or form of address; appellation.
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