pel-, -pell, -pellent, -peal

(Latin: push, beat, strike, knock, drive)

Don't confuse this pel- unit with another pel- group meaning "mud, earth, clay".

appeal (s) (noun), appeals (pl)
1. In law, a request to a higher court or judge for an order or decision by an lower court or judge to be reconsidered and overturned: Jim's lawyer was hoping that the appeal to the superior court would throw out the decision made by the inferior court.
2. In law, the written legal document pertaining to an application made to a higher court: Toms lawyer told him that to make a request to the higher court, they would need to fill out an appeal showing the place, date and their signatures.
3. An urgent request: Ruth's appeal to stay out late to watch a movie was negated by her parents.
4. The power or ability to interest or allure: Little Mary was gifted with the appeal of her charm.
appeal (verb), appeals; appealed; appealing
In law, to apply to a higher court or judge for a decision or order by a lower court or judge: Mr. Hathaway decided to appeal because he was not happy at all with the judge's ruling.
2. To request for help or protection; plea: The volunteers appealed to the government for financial help for the very poor people in their town.
3. To be attractive; to attract: Audrey's personality appealed to everyone who knew her and she was very popular among the other students.
appealable (adjective), more appealable, most appealable
Regarding a case able to be passed on to a higher court for review: The decision regarding Jeffrey was not appealable and he was sent a denial.
appealer (s) (noun), appealers (pl)
A person who makes a request or appeal; appellant: An appealer is an individual who takes his legal proceeding or cause to a superior court.
appealingly (adverb), more appealingly, most appealingly
Concerning how something is presented in an attractive way: Jack set the dining table very appealingly with beautiful flowers, candles, wine glasses, and real silverware.
appealingness (s) (noun) (no pl)
The quality of being attractive, inviting, or desirable; attractiveness:The new girl in class smiled with an appealingness that caught the attention of the boys!
appellant (adjective) (not comparable)
In law, concerning an appeal or plea; appellate: The appellant issue brought to court was made by the litigant , Mr. Greenleaf.
appellate (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of an issue that can be appealed: An appellate concern usually involves a higher court that hears appeals of decisions made by a lower court.
appellation (s) (noun), appellations (pl)
1. The indication of a geographical region for wine: Mr. Thompson checked the label on the wine bottle for the appellation, or the description of its geographical origin,.
2. Outdated, a title used for a place, a thing, or for someone when addressed; designation: Chuck referred to the outhouse, the correct appellation for the primitive toilet behind the house.
appellative (adective) (not comparable)
1. Concerning the assignment of a name: The nurse told the young mother to fill in the form asking for the appellative designation of her baby daughter.
2. Relating to a common noun in grammar: An appellative noun describes a kind of individual, a thing, a place, or an idea. Am appellative word is not capitalised in comparison to a proper noun.
compel (verb), compels; compelled; compelling,
1. To force or to oblige someone to do something, or to get something from someone by using force: The court sent a notice that would compel a woman to appear as a witness during the trial.
2. To be pressured or obliged by someone to do something: The son's violent behavior compelled his father to call the police, especially when the young man took guns out to his pickup truck and threatened to kill someone.
3. To make something necessary: The food shortage was compelling markets to raise their prices or go out of business.
4. Etymology: from Old French compellir, from Latin compellere, "to drive together, to drive to one place" (cattle, sheep, etc.), "to force" or "to pressure" (people); from Latin com-, "together" + pellere, "to drive".
compellable (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Pertaining to the ability to capture and to hold a person's attention: The story Mrs. Smart was reading to her class was so compellable that all the children were listening very carefully.
2. Regarding the capability of causing someone to believe or to agree with something: He made a compellable and convincing argument so that everyone in the room approved of it.
3. Referring to something which makes a person feel that something must be done: The reasons in the petition for a new playground for the children were quite compellable, so all the parents signed it immediately and hoped that it would be built soon!
compellably (adverb) (not comparable)
1. Referring to how something or a person has enough pressure to force someone else into a course of action: Drivers are compellably enforced to have car insurance.
2. Conveying how a person feels a strong and irresistible urge to do something: Jane was compellably drawn to have just one more potato chip from the bag she bought at the store!
compellent (adjective), more compellent, most compellent
1. Concerning something that is able to capture and hold one's attention: The novel was so compellent that Jane couldn't put the book down and read through the night.
2. Capable of causing someone to believe or agree: The compellent evidence was presented by the lawyer in court.
3. Regarding something that is strong and forceful enough to cause a person to feel inclined to do something: The lowering of wages and the requirement that more hours would be required was a compellent reason for leaving his job."
compeller (s) (noun), compellers (pl)
1. An individual who uses physical or other force to cause something to be done: Frank thought his mother was a compeller because he always had to wash his hands before a meal, otherwise he would not be allowed to eat at all!
2. A person who constrains someone, in some way, to yield or to do what one wishes: Mr. Hathaway used his legal authority as a compeller to get the recalcitrant debtor to pay for his bank loan.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "push, shove, thrust": osmo-; puls-; trud-.