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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The response was swift, forceful and often vicious. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight," 28 June 2019 With more forceful and determined direction, the voltage of the ensemble could have been raised several ticks higher. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Cavernous confines? Acoustical issues a distraction at Orchestra of New Spain’s 'Paris in the 20s' concert," 28 June 2019 Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City who had been roundly mocked for entering the presidential race with his low popularity ratings, proved to be a surprisingly combative and forceful speaker. The Economist, "The Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate," 27 June 2019 People who work closely with her describe her as forceful and stubborn, a workaholic who sleeps only a few hours a night, determined to push through her agenda. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Upheaval Puts Beijing in a Bind," 16 June 2019 Rona Figueroa is forceful and upbeat as Daisy, the coworker with whom Berenger is hopelessly smitten, and Teddy Spencer is entertainingly frustrating as a wishy-washy officemate who keeps making excuses for all this rampant rhinocerosity. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 Teammate Megan Rapinoe is more forceful than Morgan on gender and political issues. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "Alex Morgan is the face of US soccer, and now its golden boot," 13 June 2019 Even more interestingly, every single time the growth rate had bumped against that floor, there had been an immediate and forceful reaction in the form of high-volume public outcry regarding a supposedly imminent military threat. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Her work is a delicate yet forceful reinterpretation of symbolic ornaments, intricate decorations, and historic architectural elements cut and pasted into whimsical, feminine silhouettes. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Asli Filinta Is the Name to Know From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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