[fawrst, fohrst]


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.

Origin of forced

First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2
Related formsforc·ed·ly [fawr-sid-lee, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sɪd li, ˈfoʊr-/, adverbforc·ed·ness, nounqua·si-forced, adjectiveun·forced, adjectiveun·forc·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forcedly

Historical Examples of forcedly

  • I am well in health, spite of the forcedly sedentary life I lead.

  • "No doubt she was glad of an excuse," laughed Jerry forcedly.

    Cinderella Jane

    Marjorie Benton Cooke

  • "Howdy, Mr. Mark," the visiting neighbor answered in response to his forcedly cordial greeting.

    Rose of Old Harpeth

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • All their plans of life together, of peaceful joy, and settling down, was forcedly put off till the fisherman's return.

  • Then he was out of sight, and she became conscious that the weary footman, forcedly polite, was holding the door open for her.

British Dictionary definitions for forcedly



done because of force; compulsoryforced labour
false or unnaturala forced smile
due to an emergency or necessitya forced landing
physics caused by an external agencya forced vibration; a forced draught
Derived Formsforcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbforcedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forcedly



"not spontaneous or voluntary," 1570s, past participle adjective from force (v.). The flier's forced landing attested by 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper