What is compel?

  • (verb): Make someone do something.
    Synonyms: command, require
    See also — Additional definitions below


To compel one to present information to a jury is done by order of a judge. If a judge believes the individual has information relevant to the cause, he can "force" that person to present that information or be subject to arrest for contempt of court.

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Computers In Personnel - Products
... However, soon a mass-market solution was in demand and CIP released the Compel for Windows product range ... Compel for Windows was based on Equinox database technology (by Compsoft plc), allowing clients to configure and customise the system to their individual requirements ... In 1996, CIP began installing Compel for Intranet, the first employee intranet self-service solution released to the market ...
Women In Judaism - Middle Ages - Domestic Law
... women to petition a rabbinical court to compel a divorce ... that a woman who found her husband "repugnant" could compel a divorce, "because she is not like a captive, to be subjected to intercourse with one who is hateful to her." The rabbis also ... Rabbi Rothenberg also ruled that a battered wife could petition a rabbinical court to compel a husband to grant a divorce, with a monetary fine owed her on top of the ...
... clauses that were brought in in 2001 but were sunset in 2007 allowed a judge to compel a witness to testify in secret about past associations or perhaps pending acts under penalty of going to jail if the ... Compel also means to lure to do something ...
Subpoena Duces Tecum - Writ of Mandamus
... The writ of mandamus is appropriate to compel surrender of documents in the possession of attorneys or other persons that have been illegally obtained ... not the proper remedy to quash a motion to compel a district attorney to relinquish books and records to his successor office holder ... Mandamus can be used to compel a court to enforce an order to answer interrogatories (questions submitted by the court or one of the parties to be answered ...
USS Compel (AM-162) - World War II Pacific Ocean Operations
... Compel sailed from San Francisco, California, 22 June 1944 as escort for a tug group which arrived in Pearl Harbor 3 July ... Continuing on to Majuro, Compel joined USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) off Kwajalein 25 July to escort the carrier to Pearl Harbor ... Compel swept mines off French Frigate Shoals from 6 August to 15 August, then escorted a convoy to Eniwetok, arriving 5 September to assume antisubmarine patrol ...

More definitions of "compel":

  • (verb): Force or compel somebody to do something.
    Example: "We compel all students to fill out this form"
    Synonyms: oblige, obligate

Famous quotes containing the word compel:

    But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
    Bible: New Testament, Galatians 2:14.

    There is a lot of difference between tempting and leading into error. God tempts but does not lead into error. To tempt is to provide opportunities for us to do certain things if we do not love God, but putting us under no necessity to do so. To lead into error is to compel a man necessarily to conclude and follow a falsehood.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

    There is a feeling of loyalty to her which seems to compel me to indulge in mournful thoughts. Do not mistake. Relief is coming. I am more like myself—more hopeful.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)