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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 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 The result is many possessions that end with difficult, forced shots. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Pelicans Film Room: New Orleans' best offense is its defense," 29 Dec. 2020 The forced partnership was tumultuous from the beginning, with the sides fighting over political appointments, finances and measures to the stem the spread of the virus. Washington Post, "Israeli government on the verge of collapse after lawmakers fail to reach budget compromise," 22 Dec. 2020 Wilson’s only mistake was a forced throw in the first half on which Marcus Maye made a terrific juggling interception. oregonlive, "Russell Wilson’s 4 TD passes leads the Seattle Seahawks to a dominant win over the New York Jets: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 14 Dec. 2020 No one wants to leave an animal overnight, and my cautious—and somewhat forced—optimism was overshadowed by a growing sense of dread that history was repeating itself. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Killing a Grizzly the Old-Fashioned Way: With a Longbow and a Stone-Point Arrowhead," 17 Nov. 2020 In that time frame, Leonard has more tackles (344-321), more tackles for loss (23-14), more sacks (13-3), more forced fumbles (7-4) and more interceptions (7-3), and that’s all despite Warner playing in seven more games (42-35). Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Not the NFL's best linebacker? Darius Leonard can't wait to prove Aaron Rodgers wrong," 19 Nov. 2020 Her claims about widespread forced sterilizations quickly came under scrutiny. Washington Post, "Congressional Dems say women in ICE custody who blew whistle on gynecologist should be able to apply for special visas," 19 Nov. 2020 The Grey’s Anatomy alum is still feeling the sting of his forced exit from the series, as evidenced by a random outburst taking place on his Twitter page. Ineye Komonibo,, "Isaiah Washington Reignites A 13-Year-Old Grey’s Anatomy Feud With Katherine Heigl," 17 Nov. 2020 The State Department says China sometimes sends forced laborers from Xinjiang to work in other regions. Washington Post, "U.S. blocks import of Chinese goods it says are made with forced labor," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Forced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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