: 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
Recent Examples on the Web As the Soviet army approaches, the prisoners are put on a forced march to the concentration camp at Mauthausen, where Stephen will spend the next year. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 July 2024 Van Noy had 48 total pressures and a 14.7% pass rush win rate, per Pro Football Focus, which ranked 29th in the league among qualifying edge rushers, along with 30 tackles, including nine for loss, four passes defended and two forced fumbles, including a strip-sack. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2024 Congress should pass a law mandating that corporations must agree to strong due diligence standards to keep supply chains free of forced labor. Jamille Bigio, Foreign Affairs, 8 June 2021 Biden supports a forced sale of TikTok but has not called for a ban of the app, his top science advisor said at Semafor's World Economy Summit last week. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for forced 

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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 24 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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