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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During the argument, one armed herself with a knife and she later was forcefully taken into custody. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy woman armed with knife and gun in her purse taken into custody," 3 Jan. 2018 Some of this might even depend on how forcefully a person coughs or sneezes. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 After all, the moon itself was once a piece of Earth, until it was forcefully ejected into orbit by a collision with a particularly large asteroid early in our planet’s history. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Earth's Oldest Known Rock Was Found on the Moon," 25 Jan. 2019 White House aides expressed regret that the president did not more clearly and forcefully deny being a Russian agent when asked by the usually friendly Fox News host, according to three White House aides and Republicans close to the White House. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s weekend: New Russia questions, shutdown irritants," 14 Jan. 2019 All promised to stand up to President Donald J. Trump more forcefully. Michael Dresser,, "Pot, polls and pizza: Maryland Democratic candidates for governor end debate on high note," 14 June 2018 The charge against Newsom, which his camp forcefully rejects, undercores how profoundly the dynamics of California's unusual top-two primary system distort the typical calculations for candidates and the two major parties. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "One of Trump's top California critics could help him hold the House," 29 May 2018 Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for decades, forcefully rejected the claims. Washington Post, "Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey," 7 May 2018 Incredulous that detectives didn't probe Shin's lies more forcefully or even search the office before Dalu did, the Smith family considered filing a lawsuit against the Laguna Beach Police. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018

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1663, in the meaning defined above

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