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 His bat is continuing to assert itself as a forceful tool, too. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: How Storm’s Gabriel Arias is tapping into his power," 16 Aug. 2019 Bolton, by contrast, harbors a view that exalts the use of American military power, and favors a forceful response to traditional American adversaries such as Russia, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Diverging worldviews long haunted Trump-Bolton relationship," 10 Sep. 2019 As the protests unfolded in June 2019, Lam said he was surprised only by the forceful police response. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the man whom Hong Kong’s embattled extradition law is all about," 6 Sep. 2019 Turning Mexico into a waiting room for U.S. asylum seekers may be the Trump administration's most forceful response yet to a surge of migrants seeking humanitarian protection, many of them Central American families. Elliot Spagat, Fortune, "40,000 Migrants Are Now Waiting at the U.S. Border," 8 Aug. 2019 Sanders offered a more forceful response when pressed by CNN's Jake Tapper to explicitly say whether his proposal would require middle class Americans to pay more in taxes. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Progressives demur on whether their health care plans involve a middle-class tax hike," 30 July 2019 The cycle of protests and forceful police response continued over the weekend. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China Backs Hong Kong Officials, but Leaves Protests for Them to Solve," 29 July 2019 In some cases, the criticism on social media has been forceful enough to prompt an apology—a rarity, still. Fortune, "Business Beyond Profits: raceAhead," 19 Aug. 2019 The policy went into effect Tuesday and represents the most forceful attempt to date by President Donald Trump to slash the number of people seeking asylum in the United States. MarÍa Verza, Houston Chronicle, "Confusion, fear reigns on Mexico border with new US policy," 17 July 2019

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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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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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