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

Examples of forced in a Sentence

forced payment of membership dues wasn't thrilled with the suggestion and so responded with a forced smile
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forced was circa 1537

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“Forced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forced. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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ˈfō(ə)rst How to pronounce forced (audio)
: caused or brought about by force or necessity : involuntary
made a forced landing
: done or produced with effort
a forced laugh

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