forceful

[ fawrs-fuhl, fohrs- ]
/ ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs- /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. forced perspective,
  2. forced sale,
  3. forced vital capacity,
  4. forced-draft,
  5. forcedly,
  6. forcefully,
  7. forcemeat,
  8. forceps,
  9. forceps delivery,
  10. forcer

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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British Dictionary definitions for forcefully

forceful

/ (ˈfɔːsfʊl) /

adjective

powerful
persuasive or effective
Derived Formsforcefully, adverbforcefulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for forcefully

forceful

adj.

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

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