Per force


[per-fawrs, -fohrs]
of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance: The story must perforce be true.

1300–50; per + force; replacing Middle English par force < Middle French Unabridged
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perforce (pəˈfɔːs)
by necessity; unavoidably
[C14: from Old French par force; see per, force1]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., par force, from O.Fr. par force (12c.), lit. "by force" (see force). With L. per substituted 17c. for Fr. cognate par.
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