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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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  • In spite of the wound he seized the musket and forcibly wrested it from our hero.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Moreover, it was forcibly borne in upon him just what a source of irritation they had been.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Somehow or other, it is one of the scenes that remind us most forcibly of the loss of youth!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • These lessons are forcibly taught in the history of the subject of the present sketch.

  • She was forcibly changed, and now all the world was changing about her.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for forcibly


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 forcibly



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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