[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-]
Origin of forcible
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Examples from the Web for forcible
Conservatives have already opined that the accusations are not of what Paul Ryan might call “forcible rape.”
Conservative advocates of limiting convictions to cases of “forcible rape” often rely on “traditional values.”
And then he was charged not with forcible rape, but with having sex with a prisoner and then aiding her escape.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
A former Ebola patient calls the forcible isolation of returning health-care workers from West Africa a ‘police state approach.’Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
Many universities have vague—and often overly narrow—conceptions of “forcible sexual offenses.”No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.Ridgeway
The circumstance made a forcible and indelible impression on my mind.Beaux and Belles of England
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.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
But this is the effect of his predilection for individuals of forcible character.Maxim Gorki
- done by, involving, or having force
- convincing or effectivea forcible argument
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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