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[fawrs-fuhl, 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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Related Words for forcefulness

vigor, strength, power, energy, vitality, vim, fierceness, intensity, vehemence, aggressiveness, might, potency, assertiveness

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Historical Examples of forcefulness

  • It was forcefulness, despite his many shortcomings, which most appealed to her.

    Kennedy Square

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • The idea was expanded in an essay on forcefulness of character.


    William McFee

  • He had found an appearance of forcefulness in the use of violent words.

  • It amply made up in forcefulness anything it lacked in logic.

  • His face was an epitome of forcefulness, his lips hard, his eyes brilliant.

    The Black Box

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for forcefulness


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



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

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