- tending to compel, as to force or push toward a course of action; overpowering: There were compelling reasons for their divorce.
- having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: a man of compelling integrity; a compelling drama.
- arousing or denoting strong interest, esp admiring interest
- (of an argument, evidence, etc) convincing
adj.c.1600, present participle adjective from compel. Meaning “irresistible” is from 1901. Related: Compellingly.