[fawrs-fuhl, fohrs-]


full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace.
acting or driven with force.

Origin of forceful

First recorded in 1565–75; force + -ful
Related formsforce·ful·ly, adverbforce·ful·ness, nounun·force·ful, adjectiveun·force·ful·ly, adverb
Can be confusedforceful forcible

Synonyms for forceful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of forceful

Historical Examples of forceful

  • We knew that those two blows had gone straight and true and forceful to the mark.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • His glance expressed with forceful directness his thought: "Ah, then she has told you!"

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • She inhaled a deep breath for forceful speech, but Billie was ahead of her.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • He paused for a moment, and then turned to Waynefleet with a forceful gesture.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • His remarks were lucid and forceful as he raged at the interference with his work.

British Dictionary definitions for forceful



persuasive or effective
Derived Formsforcefully, adverbforcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forceful

1570s, from force (n.) + -ful. Related: Forcefully; forcefulness.

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