Synonyms of 'compelling'
convincingHe puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.
Scientists say there is no convincing evidence for this theory.
How a man shaves is a telling clue to his age.
a powerful drama about a corrupt city leader
This is a forceful argument for joining them.
There is no conclusive evidence that a murder took place.
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
Another, probably more compelling, factor is that of safety.
There is a pressing need for more funds.
a legally binding commitment
There is an urgent need for food and water.
Our overriding concern is to raise the standards of state education.
imperative, , ,
It's imperative to know your rights at such a time.
She had obtained a peremptory court order for her children's return.
arousing strong interestHer eyes were her best feature, wide-set and compelling.a long yet compelling film
Her stories were fascinating.
a gripping thriller about the hunt for a serial killer
The music is irresistible.
a film with an enthralling storyline and plenty of action
His songs are often both hypnotic and reassurringly pleasant.
He describes these ladies in spellbinding detail.
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in the sense of binding
imposing an obligation or dutya legally binding commitment
in the sense of cogent
forcefully convincingHe makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
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