English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'compelling'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of binding
Definition
imposing an obligation or duty
a legally binding commitment
in the sense of cogent
Definition
forcefully convincing
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
in the sense of conclusive
Definition
putting an end to doubt
There is no conclusive evidence that a murder took place.

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