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forceful

[fawrs-fuh l, fohrs-] /ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs-/
adjective
1.
full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective:
a forceful plea for peace.
2.
acting or driven with force.
Origin of forceful
1565-1575
1565-75; force + -ful
Related forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
unforceful, adjective
unforcefully, adverb
Can be confused
forceful, forcible.
Synonyms
1. cogent, telling.
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  • Underneath was a man of iron, square-jawed, nervous, forceful.

    The Yellow Crayon E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She inhaled a deep breath for forceful speech, but Billie was ahead of her.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The play often leads to exposition, and many dramas are written with the evident intent of teaching a deep and forceful lesson.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • For into the picture had walked a man, a personality, dynamic and forceful.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • It would not be fitting to have everything with a forceful emphasis upon it.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
British Dictionary definitions for forceful

forceful

/ˈfɔːsfʊl/
adjective
1.
powerful
2.
persuasive or effective
Derived Forms
forcefully, adverb
forcefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forceful
adj.

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

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