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[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr-/
done or effected by force:
forcible entry into a house.
producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
convincing, as reasoning:
a forcible theory.
characterized by the use of force or violence.
Origin of forcible
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forcible
  • If the government's concern was truly the safety of it's people, it could have done the same forcible relocations sans dam.
  • Occasionally, forcible sedation was needed to keep the patient from backing out at the last minute.
  • To our knowledge it was never a forcible situation-it was more an exploration.
  • Real wars, the forcible defense of our nation and the pursuit of our interests, are to be avoided.
  • He didn't defend the forcible implementation of democracy, but he did defend good government and civil society in all countries.
  • First of all, the government should not be taking forcible loans from its citizens.
  • Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit.
  • The habitual use of the active voice, however, makes for forcible writing.
  • All that can be said of her heroic verse is that it is generally fluent, often lively and sometimes forcible.
  • He was not without qualifications for the task, being both fecund in ideas and forcible in their expression.
British Dictionary definitions for forcible


done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effective: a forcible argument
Derived Forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forcible

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

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