moral force

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Noun1.moral force - an efficient incentive; "they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches"
incentive, inducement, motivator - a positive motivational influence
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The moral force of the attacking French army was exhausted.
His moral force was abased into more than childish weakness.
Well," she said gaily, "has moral force been applied?
de Chagny, who seemed to have recovered all his moral force from hearing Christine's voice, explained to her, in a few hurried words, the situation in which we and all the Opera were.
There is something so massive, stable, and almost irresistibly imposing in the exterior presentment of established rank and great possessions, that their very existence seems to give them a right to exist; at least, so excellent a counterfeit of right, that few poor and humble men have moral force enough to question it, even in their secret minds.
If we dare to look closely enough, may we not observe that the moral force of character and the higher intellectual capacities in parents seem often to wear out mysteriously in the course of transmission to children?
The chief greatness of the "Iliad" is in the character of the heroes Achilles and Hector rather than in the actual events which take place: in the Cyclic writers facts rather than character are the objects of interest, and events are so packed together as to leave no space for any exhibition of the play of moral forces.
His knees shook, but he gathered all his moral forces, and gripping his sword more tightly in his trembling fingers prepared to leap across the chamber upon the horrid apparition.
For Danticat, literary language carries a moral force that helps writers, and readers, navigate the "circles of sorrow" surrounding death.
Indonesia Embassy in Islamabad DHM Musurifun Lajawa, Indonesia Nahdlatual Ulema Researcher Sofiuddin, Indonesian Police Superintendent Fathonia Riaz, former ambassador Fouzia Nasreen, NUST CIPS Associated Dean Dr Tughral Yamin, IIUI History Department Chairman Dr Mujeeb Ahmad, MUSLIM Institute Coordinator Tahir Mehmood and Research Associate Ahmad Al Qadri were the speakers of the roundtable discussionSpeakers said that Sufis played a vital role for the humanity, and their hallmark was devotion to Almighty and service to humanity, and they had become a powerful moral force in the society.
Regardless of the petulance of Secondus' choice, the new PDP NEC is robust and will benefit from the moral force of perhaps one or two persons.
And this is where the unifying facet needs to be given due importance: the moral fiber and spiritual foundation of an individual's life should provide the moral force for them to keep going and moving in the direction of progress across all spheres.