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[fawrs-fuh l, fohrs-] /ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs-/
full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective:
a forceful plea for peace.
acting or driven with force.
Origin of forceful
1565-75; force + -ful
Related forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
unforceful, adjective
unforcefully, adverb
Can be confused
forceful, forcible.
1. cogent, telling. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forceful
  • Described less simply, it's a deeply unusual and forceful thing to have in your hands.
  • They're cowards, and a forceful response will end the situation.
  • Most were too declarative, too forceful for this place in the narrative.
  • There was not one mention of violence or forceful upheaval.
  • Getting both the timing and level of forceful intervention right, for example, has too often proved to be an inexact science.
  • When the short interest is eliminated a forceful supporting element is removed from the market.
  • The transitional government is unlikely to take forceful measures in the run-up to the election.
  • And in some military circles, bloggers have gained forceful advocates.
  • It is not a matter of whether the posters find forceful reunification acceptable or not.
  • But be forceful and clear about their performance and about how their grades will be determined.
British Dictionary definitions for forceful


persuasive or effective
Derived Forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forceful

1570s, from force (n.) + -ful. Related: Forcefully; forcefulness.

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