forceful

adjective
force·​ful | \ ˈfȯrs-fəl How to pronounce forceful (audio) \

Definition of forceful

: possessing or filled with force : effective a forceful argument

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Other Words from forceful

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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But Wu also makes a strong case that Deng favored some sort of forceful action from the start: this wasn’t an accident but an act of conviction. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 Protesters are also angered over the forceful tactics by police in quelling unrest at a demonstration on Wednesday. Christopher Bodeen And Elaine Kurtenbach, SFChronicle.com, "Huge Hong Kong protest tests strength of leader’s control," 16 June 2019 Armed with statistics indicating that the venerated host has been in a ratings slide for a decade, new network president Caroline Morton (a forceful Amy Ryan) tells Newbury that, like it or lump it, her current year is going to be her last. Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Kaling and Thompson make ‘Late Night’ a great night," 13 June 2019 Wortell was a forceful advocate for domestic manufacturing, and he often was frustrated by an inability to find qualified workers. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Marvin Wortell, metal fabricating firm owner active with Chicago Maritime Society, dies at 100," 11 June 2019 Faucher noted that the analysis does not account for job gains caused by a forceful response from the Federal Reserve, which could slash interest rates if the economy suffers. Matt Egan, CNN, "Tariffs on Mexico could cost America 400,000 jobs, a new report says," 5 June 2019 Since Donald Trump was elected, Teigen has been a forceful critic of his on Twitter. Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Had a Lot to Say About Ivanka Trump’s ‘Lack of Empathy’," 11 Apr. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Mr. Barr’s confirmation unites a forceful advocate of executive power with a president who has shown a willingness to wield that power in unconventional ways. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General," 14 Feb. 2019 And Coats responded to Trump’s Helsinki press conference with his own forceful statement, reiterating the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia most definitely meddled in the 2016 election. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump attempts to clean up after Putin meeting: “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people”," 16 July 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 How to pronounce forceful (audio) \

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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