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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
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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  • 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

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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