force·​ful·​ly | \ ˈfȯrs-fə-lē How to pronounce forcefully (audio) \

Definition of forcefully

: in a forceful, powerful, or emphatic manner speaking forcefully pushing forcefully through the crowd She forcefully denied the charges. Congestive heart failure develops when the heart becomes too weak to pump forcefully enough.— Paul G. Donohue Our child's disability forcefully reminds us of what really matters in life.— Barbara Gill

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Recent Examples on the Web When Todd arrived home 10 to 20 minutes later, Lawson stabbed him repeatedly with a knife, but Todd wrestled the weapon out of Lawson’s hand and forcefully removed him from the house before finding the bodies and calling 911. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Such an act would be without precedent, as never in the more than 200 year history of the North Carolina Supreme Court has a justice been forcefully removed from a case. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 The governor, Jim Justice, has forcefully and plainly urged his residents to get vaccinated but has railed against top-down enforcement., 30 Sep. 2021 Some states such as Florida and Arkansas have come out forcefully and legally against masking. Meredith Cohn,, 5 Aug. 2021 During his presidential campaign, Biden faced criticism for not forcefully and frequently condemning the violence that sprung out of the Black Lives Matter protests. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, 25 Nov. 2020 Democrats pushed back forcefully on the GOP's attempts to portray them as anti-Israel. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 When Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud accompanied U.S. Secret Service officers inside, Mandeville forcefully pushed past the ambassador and fought with officer Jacob Pina before the officers subdued him, Mandeville admitted in plea papers. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Unions have pushed back forcefully against these steps. Josiah Bates, Time, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of forcefully

1663, in the meaning defined above

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“Forcefully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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