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I want to say a word 'compellance' or 'compelation', but I don't know what the correct word is.

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What's the problem with compulsion? –  Kris Mar 11 '13 at 7:27
    
@Kris, (from one Kris to another), what's the problem with courteousness? :-) If you're old enough and from the US, you might remember the song, "Try a Little Tenderness" - particularly with our new community members! –  Kristina Lopez Mar 14 '13 at 18:08
    
@KristinaLopez I'm not young enough for frivolity any more :) In any case, was that comment above rude? Who'd a thunk! –  Kris Mar 15 '13 at 6:57

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The simplest noun form of compel is compulsion. It is most commonly associated with psychological drives.

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Compeller: a person or a reason behind the force or drive. "Father was a compeller, a man who would not be disobeyed." Keeps the Latin root of com (with) + pellere (to drive or force) but retains the reason behind the action.

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Impetus (“force, either internal or external, that impels; an impulse”) should serve. Some words found in definitions of several of those words may also work: push, thrust, urge, force, stimulus, impulse.

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