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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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  • 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


done by, involving, or having force
convincing or effective: a forcible argument
Derived Forms
forcibleness, forcibility, noun
forcibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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