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"compelling" in British English

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compellingadjective

uk   us   /kəmˈpel.ɪŋ/

compelling adjective (STRONG)

If a ​reason, ​argument, etc. is compelling, it makes you ​believe it or ​accept it because it is so ​strong: compelling ​evidence It's a ​fairly compelling ​argument for going.

compelling adjective (EXCITING)

very ​exciting and ​interesting and making you ​want to ​watch or ​listen: I ​found the ​wholefilm very compelling. a compelling ​story
(Definition of compelling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compelling" in American English

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compellingadjective

 us   /kəmˈpel·ɪŋ/
forceful and ​persuasive: a compelling ​argument A ​performance, ​painting, or other ​work of ​art is compelling when it has ​unusualpower to ​holdyourattention: His ​account of his ​life is one of the most compelling ​autobiographies I’ve ​read.
(Definition of compelling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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