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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Examples of forcefully in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Duterte, who has nurtured close ties with China since taking office in mid-2016, has long been criticized for refusing to immediately and forcefully demand Chinese compliance with the ruling by a U.N.-backed tribunal. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Duterte gets rare praise for raising sea feud ruling at UN," 23 Sep. 2020 The Democratic presidential candidate was granted full Secret Service protection in March as the presumptive nominee after protestors rushed his stage on Super Tuesday and had to be forcefully removed by Jill Biden and other campaign aides. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Joe Biden's security breached while boarding campaign plane," 11 Sep. 2020 Our senior active duty military leaders must make that case forcefully and directly to national leadership, speaking truth to power in uncomfortable ways. James Stavridis, Time, "I Spent My Career in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Military Must Stand Up for Its Soul in This Moment," 3 June 2020 Barr used Monday’s press conference to forcefully call on Apple to do more to cooperate with law enforcement. Eric Tucker, The Denver Post, "FBI: Shooter at Pensacola base coordinated with al-Qaida," 18 May 2020 Trump’s comments playing down right-wing violence and urging the Proud Boys to stand by followed a long pattern of declining to forcefully criticize extremist views within his base. Anchorage Daily News, "Far-right group celebrates after Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists and militias," 30 Sep. 2020 Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese quickly took to Twitter on Tuesday night to forcefully deny any affinity for the president. Washington Post, "‘I have never supported Donald Trump’: Portland-area sheriff hits back after president claims his endorsement in debate," 30 Sep. 2020 Some Republicans suggested that the president should have taken a stronger stance by condemning more forcefully both White supremacists and other radical groups. Laura Litvan,, "Trump Allies Defend Him After White Supremacist Debate Remarks," 30 Sep. 2020 In this version and in the one at the Uffizi, a maidservant, Abra, forcefully holds Holofernes down while Judith confidently hacks away at his neck. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of forcefully

1663, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2020

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“Forcefully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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