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perforce

[ per-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ pərˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs /
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adverb
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
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British Dictionary definitions for perforce

perforce
/ (pəˈfɔːs) /

adverb
by necessity; unavoidably

Word Origin for perforce

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