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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 forcibly
  • It is irresponsible guardianship on the part of many parents to forcibly compel their children's views in line with their own.
  • Unless some humane method of reducing the population can be found, nature will forcibly reduce it, inhumanely.
  • What that means is forcibly taking money from those with more to support those with less.
  • Only after typing in a category name are you forcibly advanced to choose a color for that category and an icon.
  • No one is suggesting that their children be taken away or that they are forcibly sterilized.
  • Chimpanzees forcibly jabbed tools into hollow trunks or branches multiple times and smelled and/or licked them upon extraction.
  • When a subordinate goby approaches the size of a dominant, it risks being forcibly evicted from the social group.
  • During floods, the water forcibly wedged boulders in there, making the way forward exceedingly arduous.
  • People of different races may be voluntarily or forcibly segregated into different neighborhoods.
  • Many people were forcibly removed from their island homes.
British Dictionary definitions for forcibly


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 forcibly



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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