[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-]


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 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forcible

Contemporary Examples of forcible

Historical Examples of forcible

  • It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.


    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



done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effectivea forcible argument
Derived Formsforcibleness or forcibility, nounforcibly, adverb
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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.

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