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[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr-/
done or effected by force:
forcible entry into a house.
producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
convincing, as reasoning:
a forcible theory.
characterized by the use of force or violence.
Origin of forcible
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible
Related forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
unforcible, adjective
unforcibleness, noun
unforcibly, adverb
Can be confused
forceful, forcible. Unabridged
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  • All these sufferings were still increased by the forcible expulsion of numerous peasant families by the greedy nobility.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • It does not charge any forcible act, nor indeed any act at all, but a mere omission.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • His wife stood below and called on him in forcible language to descend from such a dangerous place.

  • It was a fiery recital of their wrongs and an incitement to forcible redress.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • After reading this letter three or four times, it seemed to him that it was not forcible enough.

    Maximina Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for forcible


done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effective: a forcible argument
Derived Forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forcible

early 15c., from Middle French forcible, from Old French forcier (see force (n.)). Related: Forcibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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