[ fawrst, fohrst ]
/ fɔrst, foʊrst /


enforced or compulsory: forced labor.
strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
subjected to force.
required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane.

Origin of forced

First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2

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

Examples from the Web for unforced

British Dictionary definitions for unforced (1 of 2)


/ (ʌnˈfɔːst) /


not forced or having been forcedunforced errors

British Dictionary definitions for unforced (2 of 2)


/ (fɔːst) /


done because of force; compulsoryforced labour
false or unnaturala forced smile
due to an emergency or necessitya forced landing
physics caused by an external agencya forced vibration; a forced draught

Derived Forms

forcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbforcedness, noun
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