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[fawrs-fuh l, fohrs-]
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  1. full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace.
  2. acting or driven with force.
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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


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1. cogent, telling.
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  • Drake ran on forcefully, succinctly, his hand gripping Garrison's.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • I was forcefully impressed, too, with the class of miners at work.

  • Of a sudden the idea that they had not smote him forcefully.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • From the sound of a voice above I knew he had been forcefully thrown out.


    Edwin A. Brown

  • In the morning they were all forcefully cheerful and began to work up an interest.

    The Book

    Michael Shaara

British Dictionary definitions for forcefully


  1. powerful
  2. persuasive or effective
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Derived Formsforcefully, adverbforcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forcefully



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

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