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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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  • Everything may be settled peaceably (or forcibly) this year.

  • Moreover, it was forcibly borne in upon him just what a source of irritation they had been.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The name Wharram-le-Street reminds us forcibly of the existence in remote times of some great way over this tableland.

  • She was forcibly changed, and now all the world was changing about her.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The incidents which the association so forcibly recalls, however inspiring, it were needless to dwell upon.

British Dictionary definitions for forcibly

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 forcibly

forcible

adj.

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

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