force·​ful ˈfȯrs-fəl How to pronounce forceful (audio)
: possessing or filled with force : effective
a forceful argument
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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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forceful was in 1571

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“Forceful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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force·​ful ˈfōrs-fəl How to pronounce forceful (audio)
: having or done with much force : vigorous
a forceful speech
forcefully adverb
forcefulness noun

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