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perforce

[per-fawrs, -fohrs] /pərˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
adverb
1.
of necessity; necessarily; by force of circumstance:
The story must perforce be true.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; per + force; replacing Middle English par force < Middle French
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British Dictionary definitions for per-force

perforce

/pəˈfɔːs/
adverb
1.
by necessity; unavoidably
Word Origin
C14: from Old French par force; see per, force1
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Word Origin and History for per-force

perforce

adv.

early 14c., par force, from Old French par force (12c.), literally "by force" (see force). With Latin per substituted 17c. for French cognate par.

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