Com`pel*la"tion (?), n. [L. compellatio, fr. compellare to accost, fr. compellere. See Compel.]
Style of address or salutation; an appellation.
He useth this endearing compellation, "My little children."
The peculiar compellation of the kings in France is by "Sire," which is nothing else but father.
Sir W. Temple.
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