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compel vt

: to cause to do or occur by overwhelming pressure and esp. by authority or law [cannot the defendant to testify] [the result…is compelled by, the original understanding of the fourteenth amendment's equal protection clause "R. H. Bork"]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.