enforced or compulsory: forced labor.
strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
subjected to force.
required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane.
- forc·ed·ly [fawr-sid-lee, fohr-], /ˈfɔr sɪd li, ˈfoʊr-/, adverb
- forc·ed·ness, noun
- quasi-forced, adjective
- un·forced, adjective
- un·forc·ed·ly, adverb
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How to use forced in a sentence
The forced isolation and lockdowns wrought havoc on teenage lives and shaped them in ways they will never forget.What happened to America’s teens when coronavirus disrupted high school? | Moriah Balingit | October 28, 2021 | Washington Post
In other words, a mask is too great an impingement on “freedom,” but a forced pregnancy and threat of harassment for exercising one’s constitutional rights are all the rage in the Lone Star state.Texas’s abortion law is a nightmare for women — and a warning to the nation | Jennifer Rubin | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Those Mass Games that he addressed in 2018, for one, have been condemned by human-rights groups for forced child labor.South Korean President Moon Jae-in Makes One Last Attempt to Heal His Homeland | Charlie Campbell | June 23, 2021 | Time
The forced, sudden digitization experienced in 2020 has also fundamentally changed how corporate leaders view themselves and their relationship to their organizations.The challenges of 2020 are making corporate boards stronger and better | matthewheimer | December 29, 2020 | Fortune
While the pandemic slowed operations for businesses around the world—Logitech included—the Switzerland-based company was perhaps better prepared than most for the sudden forced shift to remote work.Working From Home Was a Big Shift Even for the Companies Making the Gear We're Using to Work From Home | Patrick Lucas Austin | August 24, 2020 | Time
A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis | Nico Hines | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
One is forced to ask, what on earth was Andrew doing hanging out with scantily clad teenagers?Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’ | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But his words felt forced and were belied his 2004 vote to oppose marking Martin Luther King Jr.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern | Lloyd Green | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, intellectual honesty is the first thing to go when you are forced to constantly pander to your base.
She had no say in it, but now is being forced to deal with an already challenging situation in front of strangers.
But he walked up and down the room and forced himself to listen, though he could scarcely bear it, I could see.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Instead of giving you a chance to say, "He has made a mistake," he forced you to say, "He has shown how to get out of a mistake."Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
A lineman was sent out to repair it under escort of civil guards, who were forced by the rebels to retire.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
"I will," gruffly replied the man, with a look which showed that he was sorry to be forced to choose the second alternative.
He stepped to the girl, and roughly raised her chin with his hand so that she was forced to look him in the face.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for forced
done because of force; compulsory: forced labour
false or unnatural: a forced smile
due to an emergency or necessity: a forced landing
physics caused by an external agency: a forced vibration; a forced draught
- forcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverb
- forcedness, noun
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