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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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Examples from the Web for forcefully
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  • Drake ran on forcefully, succinctly, his hand gripping Garrison's.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • I was forcefully impressed, too, with the class of miners at work.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • Of a sudden the idea that they had not smote him forcefully.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • From the sound of a voice above I knew he had been forcefully thrown out.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • In the morning they were all forcefully cheerful and began to work up an interest.

    The Book Michael Shaara
British Dictionary definitions for forcefully

forceful

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

forceful

adj.

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

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