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

Synonyms & Antonyms for forceful


firm, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, strong, sturdy, vigorous


uncertain, weak

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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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The public’s comments surrounding the the police chief resolution were even more forceful. Talia Richman,, "Should the Anne Arundel County Council get to approve the county executive's pick for police chief?," 3 July 2018 The legislation, which Corker released with a total of nine Democratic and Republican co-sponsors, is the most forceful congressional response to date to Trump’s protectionist trade agenda. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Bernie Sanders won’t join the Democratic Party," 7 June 2018 The Episcopal Conference issued a more forceful statement. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega bends to Catholic Church," 17 May 2018 The epitome of deep-state animus toward President Trump, or a forceful spokesman against Republican efforts to undermine the Russia investigation? Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the U.S. ambassador's residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected on Friday. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain," 13 July 2018 On Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the U.S. ambassador's residence in London, where Trump was staying, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected Friday. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin,, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 The forceful first lady, who took a work space and staff in the prime minister’s office, often prevailed over the less-decisive Mr. Najib, those close to them said. Tom Wright And Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Malaysia’s Extravagant Ex-First Lady Lands in Graft Investigators’ Sights," 25 June 2018 Bee has a history as one of President Donald Trump’s most forceful critics. Hal Boedeker,, "Roseanne Barr: Banished from Disney’s World," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of forceful

1571, in the meaning defined above

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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


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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something that serves to warn or remind

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