COMPEL

COMPEL

compel, vb.

1. To cause or bring about by force, threats, or overwhelming pressure (a lawyer cannot be compelled to testify about a privileged communication).

2. (Of a legislative mandate or judicial precedent) to convince (a court) that there is only one possible resolution of a legal dispute (the wording of the statute compels us to affirm).


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Carl, Chinese legal translator, specializes in translating legal documents pertaining to complex business disputes.