[ per-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ pərˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs /


of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance: The story must perforce be true.


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Origin of perforce

1300–50; per + force; replacing Middle English par force < Middle French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for perforce

/ (pəˈfɔːs) /


by necessity; unavoidably

Word Origin for perforce

C14: from Old French par force; see per, force 1
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