\ ˈfȯrst How to pronounce forced (audio) \

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

Other Words from forced

forcedly \ ˈfȯr-​səd-​lē How to pronounce forced (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 Yes, something about the whole setup is charade-y, a little forced, but that’s Kanye’s way. Raven Smith, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2022 Spears has also criticized her forced therapy sessions while under conservatorship, and hit at her family for their treatment of her during that time. NBC News, 28 Dec. 2021 The true results of that motorway expansion were meager, however, and construction increasingly relied on forced workers and concentration camp inmates after war broke out in 1939. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 The forced execution of Flora by Joanie behind closed whorehouse doors evokes Trixie’s murder of an abusive john in the pilot (his corpse becoming pig chow). Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 But the correspondence between the I.O.C. and the anti-forced labor coalition, which was reviewed by The New York Times, shows how reluctant the committee is to engage Beijing’s critics even on issues directly related to the operation of the Games. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 And down the stretch Tuesday, Westbrook certainly outplayed his seven-of-19 shooting night with a couple of crucial forced turnovers, helping the Lakers come back from down seven in the fourth quarter. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The forced change of plan took Newton into slightly different territory. Trevor Clawson, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Since then, new political parties have formed, as have civil society organizations – especially those centered around victims of Mr. Jammeh’s political repression, which included murder, forced disappearances, and torture. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Forced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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