forceful

adjective
force·​ful | \ ˈfȯrs-fəl How to pronounce forceful (audio) \

Definition of forceful

: possessing or filled with force : effective a forceful argument

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Other Words from forceful

forcefully \ ˈfȯrs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce forcefully (audio) \ adverb
forcefulness noun

Examples of forceful in a Sentence

He has a very forceful personality. She's a confident and forceful leader. They have made a forceful argument in favor of changing the system. The government has threatened to use more forceful measures if necessary.
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And James has occasionally still been criticized for not being forceful enough on particular issues, like the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James, the most important athlete in America, explained," 4 Aug. 2018 Davis asserts that the Saints have a collection of unfair and forceful rules for their cheerleaders, known as the Saintsations, in comparison to what is expected of players. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Fired NFL Cheerleader Opens Up About Alleged Gender Discrimination, Hopes She 'Empowers Other Women'," 28 Mar. 2018 Maginot said his voice continued to get louder and more forceful until the demon weakened. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 The new ranks include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary earlier in the year with a forceful, decidedly left platform and at age 29 will be the youngest woman ever in Congress. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "House Democratic Majority Is Eager to Challenge Trump—And Its Own Party Leadership," 7 Nov. 2018 Whiplash is a neck injury that’s due to a forceful, fast, back-and-forth movement of your neck (like a cracking of a whip). Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Possible Causes Behind That Annoying Neck Pain," 18 Sep. 2018 Warren delivered her most forceful rebuttal yet during a speech at the National Congress of American Indians in February. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren is quietly working to defang Trump's 'Pocahontas' slur as 2020 looms," 26 May 2018 This and other crowd scenes provided the evening’s most forceful moments. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Odyssey wraps its Joan of Arc season with Verdi rarity," 8 Apr. 2018 Like McLaughlin and Holder, John Sipher, a longtime CIA officer and one of the most forceful critics of Russia’s meddling in the election, insisted that the American people deserve more from Congress. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "Congressional Oversight of the Intelligence Community Is Broken," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forceful

1571, in the meaning defined above

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forceful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forceful

: having a strong and confident quality
: expressed in a way that is effective and that influences people's thoughts and ideas
: done with military or physical force

forceful

adjective
force·​ful | \ ˈfȯrs-fəl How to pronounce forceful (audio) \

Kids Definition of forceful

: having much strength : vigorous forceful action a forceful speech

Other Words from forceful

forcefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
forcefulness noun

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