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

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forcefully was in 1663

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“Forcefully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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