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English definition of “impetus”

impetus

noun [S or U]     /ˈɪm.pɪ.təs/ US  /-pə.t̬əs/
something that encourages a particular activity or makes that activity more energetic or effective : The recent publicity surrounding homelessness has given (a) fresh impetus to the cause .Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of impetus noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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