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

Definition of forceful

: possessing or filled with force : effective a forceful argument

Other Words from forceful

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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Recent Examples on the Web Republicans have been more forceful than Democrats in calling for in-person learning. Harry Enten, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 In short, a policy statement alone, no matter how forceful, is no guarantee of a better approach to arms sales. William Hartung, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Other large metropolitan areas in California have been more forceful in recent months. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 In addition to all the songs’ achievements, Donda itself likewise makes a forceful statement. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2021 Four days after George Floyd’s death, Target’s chief executive, Brian Cornell, released a forceful statement, promising to reopen one of its stores in Minneapolis damaged in the protests against police violence. New York Times, 30 June 2021 The Heat, owned by Micky Arison who is Jewish, condemned Leonard’s comment in a forceful statement. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2021 Sullivan suggested those measures would be much more forceful than sanctions imposed in 2014 in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Russia from occupying Crimea. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2021 The show’s director, Sherry Winchester Schultz, said, ‘Be forceful, but not too mean. Randall G. Mielke,, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of forceful

1571, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forceful was in 1571

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12 Jan 2022

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“Forceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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


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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