Quick answer
"Compel" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "obligar", and "compelling" is an adjective which is often translated as "convincente". Learn more about the difference between "compel" and "compelling" below.
compel(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to force)
a. obligar
The financial crash compelled the family to sell their house to survive.La crisis financiera obligó a la familia a vender la casa para poder sobrvivir.
b. forzar
His father had set an example that he felt compelled to live up to.Su padre había dado un ejemplo, y él se sentía forzado a estar a la misma altura.
c. compeler
The party leadership cannot compel its members to vote in a certain way.El liderazgo del partido no puede compeler a los miembros a votar de una manera determinada.
2. (to demand)
a. imponer (respect or admiration)
He was a great engineer whose achievements compelled the respect of his fellow countrymen.Era un gran ingeniero, cuyos logros imponían el respeto de sus compatriotas.
b. llamar (attention)
His outrageous appearance - bright pink hair, neon orange jacket, and yellow pants - compelled attention.Su aspecto estrafalario - pelo rosa chillón, chaqueta naranja neón y pantalón amarillo - llamaba la atención.
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compelling(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (convincing)
a. convincente (argument, evidence)
The evidence of the defendant's guilt was compelling.Las pruebas de la culpabilidad del acusado fueron convincentes.
b. persuasivo (argument, evidence)
The mayor made a compelling argument for his proposal.El alcalde presentó un argumento persuasivo para su propuesta.
c. imperioso (need)
She felt a compelling need to quit her job and move to Australia.Sintió una necesidad imperiosa de dejar su trabajo y mudarse a Australia.
2. (exciting)
a. absorbente (book, novel)
The novel is definitely compelling. I read it in one sitting.Sin duda, la novela es absorbente: me la leí de un tirón.
b. apasionante (movie, play, TV drama)
The director's latest film is a compelling World War I drama.La última película de la directora es un drama de la Primera Guerra Mundial apasionante.
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