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forceful

[fawrs-fuh l, fohrs-] /ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs-/
adjective
1.
full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective:
a forceful plea for peace.
2.
acting or driven with force.
Origin of forceful
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75; force + -ful
Related forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
unforceful, adjective
unforcefully, adverb
Can be confused
forceful, forcible.
Synonyms
1. cogent, telling.
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  • We knew that those two blows had gone straight and true and forceful to the mark.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • His glance expressed with forceful directness his thought: "Ah, then she has told you!"

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • She inhaled a deep breath for forceful speech, but Billie was ahead of her.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • He paused for a moment, and then turned to Waynefleet with a forceful gesture.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • His remarks were lucid and forceful as he raged at the interference with his work.

British Dictionary definitions for forceful

forceful

/ˈfɔːsfʊl/
adjective
1.
powerful
2.
persuasive or effective
Derived Forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forceful
adj.

1570s, from force (n.) + -ful. Related: Forcefully; forcefulness.

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