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[fawrst, fohrst]
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  1. enforced or compulsory: forced labor.
  2. strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
  3. subjected to force.
  4. required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane.
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Origin of forced

First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2
Related formsforc·ed·ly [fawr-sid-lee, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sɪd li, ˈfoʊr-/, adverbforc·ed·ness, nounqua·si-forced, adjectiveun·forced, adjectiveun·forc·ed·ly, adverb
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Related Words for unforced

autonomous, chosen, deliberate, elected, free, freely, gratuitous, honorary, independent, intended, intentional, optional, spontaneous, unasked, uncompelled, unconstrained, unpaid, volitional, volunteer, willful

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British Dictionary definitions for unforced


  1. not forced or having been forcedunforced errors
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  1. done because of force; compulsoryforced labour
  2. false or unnaturala forced smile
  3. due to an emergency or necessitya forced landing
  4. physics caused by an external agencya forced vibration; a forced draught
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Derived Formsforcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbforcedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unforced



"not spontaneous or voluntary," 1570s, past participle adjective from force (v.). The flier's forced landing attested by 1917.

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