[ fawrst, fohrst ]
/ fɔrst, foʊrst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. force-feed,
  2. force-field analysis,
  3. force-march,
  4. force-out,
  5. force-ripe,
  6. forced alimentation,
  7. forced beat,
  8. forced development,
  9. forced expiratory flow,
  10. forced expiratory time

Origin of forced

First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forcedly

British Dictionary definitions for forcedly


/ (fɔːst) /


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.

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