\ ˈfȯrst \

Definition of forced

1 : compelled by force or necessity : involuntary a forced landing
2 : done or produced with effort, exertion, or pressure a forced laugh

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Other Words from forced

forcedly \ ˈfȯr-​səd-​lē \ adverb

Examples of forced in a Sentence

forced attendance at political indoctrination sessions wasn't too excited about their wedding plans and so gave them a forced smile

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Girls Lacrosse Natalie Bir, Brebeuf Jesuit The sophomore led the Braves to a regional title with six goals and three assists, collecting four groundballs and a forced turnover. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana High School Athletes of the Week (May 20-25)," 31 May 2018 In early December, the U.S. agreed not to further raise tariffs on Chinese exports while Beijing seeks to respond to longstanding U.S. complaints, such as on the forced transfer of technology. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Economists See U.S.-China Trade War as Biggest Threat in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Citgo has said in court papers that a forced auction could spook its suppliers, put its debt into default and disrupt refining operations, putting thousands of American jobs at risk. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Bankers Hired for Citgo Auction Following Scrapped Deal With Venezuela," 12 Dec. 2018 Josie was tired of her mom sneaking around, lying to her, and then trying to win her back with forced girl's nights at the movies. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "This Deleted “Riverdale” Scene from Season 2 Will Make You FEEL for Josie," 3 Aug. 2018 When Hilinski didn’t show up for a team weightlifting session that afternoon, the police were summoned and Hilinski soon was tracked down at his old apartment where a forced entry was made to get to him. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "How Washington State is coping with QB Tyler Hilinski's suicide," 4 Apr. 2018 Investors should push companies to eliminate forced arbitration both to avoid ugly scandals that can knock down share prices and to force companies to create cultures that attract and retain the highest-quality employees. WSJ, "Facebook and Google Are Right to End Forced Arbitration," 11 Nov. 2018 Washington's defense is tied for first nationally with 14 forced fumbles, but their fumble luck seems to have run out. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "College football’s unluckiest defense? UW Huskies’ key for more turnovers: Don’t change anything," 30 Oct. 2018 Twice the lights briefly flicked off and on mid-dance to create a mysterious, forced gap and new perspective. Laura Bleiberg,, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of forced

circa 1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forced

: caused by necessity

: obtained by using power or force

: done with effort : not natural or sincere

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