[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. forcemeat,
  2. forceps,
  3. forceps delivery,
  4. forcer,
  5. forces,
  6. forcing bid,
  7. forcing frequency,
  8. forcing house,
  9. forcipate,
  10. forcipressure

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

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British Dictionary definitions for forcible


/ (ˈfɔːsəbəl) /


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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