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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 How to pronounce forcedly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web This right applies even to employees otherwise hamstrung by forced arbitration agreements. Nan Aron And Celine Mcnicholas For, CNN, "The Trump administration is decimating workers' rights," 27 Aug. 2019 Union officials have said such a death was inevitable because of short staffing and the forced overtime that guards are working. Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, "After Epstein’s death, attorney general replaces leader at Bureau of Prisons," 19 Aug. 2019 Requires very specific behaviors that feel very forced. Joe Garofoli,, "Andrew Yang doing better than many veteran politicians in first White House run," 16 July 2019 His 28 tackles are more than twice as many as any of his teammates and the total includes two forced fumbles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scouting Report: Utah State at Aztecs," 16 Sep. 2019 At first, John Gracey might come across as a bit forced or stagey as Dan. Matthew J. Palm,, "CFCArts opens season with moving, well-cast ‘Next to Normal’ | Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Unlike the other candidates, who have advocated banning the further sale of assault weapons, O’Rourke’s plan involves confiscating such weapons under a forced buyback program. Tara Law, Time, "Beto O'Rourke's Bold Statement on Gun Control: 'Hell Yes' He Wants to Take Your AR-15," 13 Sep. 2019 Union officials have said such a death was inevitable because of short staffing and the forced overtime guards are working. Devlin Barrett,, "AG Barr replaces leader at Bureau of Prisons following Epstein’s death," 19 Aug. 2019 As DMCAs work, this wasn't @Twitch doing anything, but a forced reaction due to CNN's legal team. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of forced

circa 1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of forced was circa 1537

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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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