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.
The ages are opening this moral force. All force is the shadow or symbol of that.
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. All these reasons justify the view that the poems with which we now have to deal were later than the "Iliad" and "Odyssey", and if we must recognize the possibility of some conventionality in the received dating, we may feel confident that it is at least approximately just.
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.
"A moral force bouyed by international law and the sympathy of our neighbors and allies can make us win against China without engaging in bloody warfare," added Bastes.
Yet recent history shows that those who possess great moral force, even without coercive power, could topple despotic regimes.