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forcible

[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective
1.
done or effected by force:
forcible entry into a house.
2.
producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
3.
convincing, as reasoning:
a forcible theory.
4.
characterized by the use of force or violence.
Origin of forcible
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible
Related forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
unforcible, adjective
unforcibleness, noun
unforcibly, adverb
Can be confused
forceful, forcible.
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  • All these sufferings were still increased by the forcible expulsion of numerous peasant families by the greedy nobility.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • It is national in the broadest sense of the term, and primative and forcible to intensity.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • His wife stood below and called on him in forcible language to descend from such a dangerous place.

  • And this again led to the forcible expulsion of every Morisco in Spain.

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • After reading this letter three or four times, it seemed to him that it was not forcible enough.

    Maximina Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for forcible

forcible

/ˈfɔːsəbəl/
adjective
1.
done by, involving, or having force
2.
convincing or effective: a forcible argument
Derived Forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forcible
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French forcible, from Old French forcier (see force (n.)). Related: Forcibly.

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