forcible

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

adjective

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.

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Origin of forcible

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM forcible

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forcible

forceful forcible
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British Dictionary definitions for forcible

forcible
/ (ˈfɔːsəbəl) /

adjective

done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effectivea forcible argument

Derived forms of forcible

forcibleness or forcibility, nounforcibly, adverb
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