forceful

adjective
force·​ful | \ ˈfȯrs-fəl \

Definition of forceful

: possessing or filled with force : effective a forceful argument

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Other Words from forceful

forcefully \ ˈfȯrs-​fə-​lē \ adverb
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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In theory, there’s nothing preventing the United States from adopting a set of privacy standards that are just as broad and forceful. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Why a privacy law like GDPR would be a tough sell in the U.S.," 25 May 2018 Taking on a more somber and forceful tone than in previous years, Zuckerberg on Tuesday tried to bolster Facebook's commitment to privacy and building community. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date," 2 May 2018 His ideas reportedly included a new association to represent players’ interests in a more forceful, independent capacity that could recoup a greater share of profits from tournaments. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "In Talk of a Tennis Union, Women Seek a Leading Voice," 28 Jan. 2018 The pope has adopted a more forceful approach after facing widespread criticism for his prolonged defense of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up abuse by another priest. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Panel Faces Criticism Over Leniency for Priests Guilty of Abuse," 21 Dec. 2018 Dorsey's first quarterback statement was quick, forceful and shrewd. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Quarterback Scribbles: From Drew Stanton to Cody Kessler -- Terry Pluto (video)," 30 Mar. 2018 Now there was a lot of concern within the West Wing that Judge Kavanaugh hadn't been forceful enough in his interview on Fox early this week. Fox News, "Hannity: Democrats have turned SCOTUS process into a sham," 27 Sep. 2018 The new one came with tubeless tires, which is (like a car tire) held against the rims by air pressure that's forceful enough to have the rubber make a seal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 2 storm, is expected to affect millions on the East Coast, and bring storm surges, flash flooding, heavy rainfall, forceful winds and possibly even tornadoes to the Carolinas and parts of Virginia. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Anheuser-Busch sending 300,000 cans of water to Hurricane Florence victims," 13 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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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