\ˈfȯrst \

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 \ 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

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Twice the lights briefly flicked off and on mid-dance to create a mysterious, forced gap and new perspective. Laura Bleiberg,, "Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage: New moves for a company on the verge," 1 July 2018 Banogu has been named the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, in polling by conference media, a fitting label for a guy coming off a season with 8.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "The Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year plays for TCU. Here’s who it is," 11 July 2018 The notion of a forced curriculum runs counter to ideals of academic freedom many students admire. New York Times, "Mao 101: Inside a Chinese Classroom Training the Communists of Tomorrow," 28 June 2018 The connection to President Trump, while period-appropriate, feels a bit forced, and designed to give the show a topicality. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Ryan Murphy's 'Pose' is a glittery extravaganza," 1 June 2018 As a junior at South Dade last season, Jean-Baptiste had 131 tackles (54 solo), seven tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles. Chris Hays,, "South Dade LB Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste talks UCF commitment," 25 June 2018 The 30-year-old former first-round draft pick from Alabama has 472 career tackles, 14 interceptions and three forced fumbles in eight NFL seasons. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Kareem Jackson on move to safety: 'I like it'," 25 June 2018 This doesn’t mean forced treatment or rehab won’t help some people with addiction. Fox News, "Should people with drug addictions be forced into rehab?," 24 June 2018 Which brings up another element of success: The cocktails are always balanced Prospect is a restaurant that naturally seems to serve its clientele without feeling forced or trendy. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Prospect in San Francisco: Urban, sleek and sophisticated," 29 Jan. 2018

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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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playful or foolish behavior

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