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forcible

[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-]
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adjective
  1. done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house.
  2. producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
  3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory.
  4. characterized by the use of force or violence.
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Origin of forcible

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible
Related formsfor·ci·ble·ness, for·ci·bil·i·ty, nounfor·ci·bly, adverbun·for·ci·ble, adjectiveun·for·ci·ble·ness, nounun·for·ci·bly, adverb
Can be confusedforceful forcible
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  • It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.

    Ridgeway

    Scian Dubh

  • The circumstance made a forcible and indelible impression on my mind.

  • And this again led to the forcible expulsion of every Morisco in Spain.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • "A Sulaco revolution," Decoud pursued in a forcible undertone.

  • But this is the effect of his predilection for individuals of forcible character.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald


British Dictionary definitions for forcible

forcible

adjective
  1. done by, involving, or having force
  2. convincing or effectivea forcible argument
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Derived Formsforcibleness or forcibility, nounforcibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forcible

adj.

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

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