[ fawr-suh-buh l, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr- /


done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house.
producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory.
characterized by the use of force or violence.

Origin of forcible

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible
Related forms
Can be confusedforceful forcible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forcible

British Dictionary definitions for forcible


/ (ˈfɔːsəbəl) /


done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effectivea forcible argument
Derived Formsforcibleness or forcibility, nounforcibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for forcible



early 15c., from Middle French forcible, from Old French forcier (see force (n.)). Related: Forcibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper