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

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 On 10 of the 29 red-zone plays in that time frame, defenses generated a noticeably stronger, more forceful push at the point of attack against the Rams’ offensive line, according to a Times review of film. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Rams red zone offense has been failing," 6 Jan. 2021 With trees and grass and a bit of water, this garden is a quiet but forceful rejoinder to the bombast and imperial ambition that surrounds it. Washington Post, "New Native American memorial offers peace in the heart of one of the city’s few wild spaces," 31 Dec. 2020 While the Communist Party can make ambitious promises to cut carbon emissions, the forceful implementation of targets can come at a cost to the people they are ultimately meant to benefit. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China turns off the lights in 'Christmas town' as officials race to meet energy targets," 25 Dec. 2020 The news has renewed calls for a more forceful U.S. cyber-posture against the country's geopolitical rivals. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "'They potentially have the capacity to cripple us': Romney raises alarm about cyber-attack tied to Russia," 21 Dec. 2020 Something about the ever-increasing risk of fire and her anger at what had been done to her culture, the prospect of her children’s babies being raised without a traditional basket cradle, and her own forceful personality came together. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, "‘There’s good fire and bad fire.’ An Indigenous practice may be key to preventing wildfires," 17 Dec. 2020 The speech represented Biden’s most forceful defense of the election - and his own legitimacy as president - as well as his most complete denunciation of Trump’s fraudulent claims. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden speaks on power of democracy in counter to Trump’s attempts to overturn results," 15 Dec. 2020 And just look at what’s already happening in Miami, where, within hours after Antetokounmpo’s announcement, rumors swirled that president Pat Riley will make a more forceful run at acquiring James Harden from the Rockets. Dallas News, "Giannis Antetokounmpo is staying in Milwaukee, and that’s not necessarily bad news for the Mavericks," 15 Dec. 2020 The beats are crisp and forceful, and the synths float and shimmer. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Man on the Moon III: The Chosen’ by Kid Cudi Review: Making Personal Problems Sound Good," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of forceful

1571, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Forceful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forceful. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for forceful

forceful

adjective
How to pronounce forceful (audio)

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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