forc·​ible | \ ˈfȯr-sə-bəl How to pronounce forcible (audio) \

Definition of forcible

1 : effected by force used against opposition or resistance
2 : characterized by force, efficiency, or energy : powerful

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Other Words from forcible

forcibleness noun
forcibly \ ˈfȯr-​sə-​blē How to pronounce forcible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of forcible in a Sentence

the forcible removal of the rioters
Recent Examples on the Web Muller has since been charged in Solano County with kidnapping for ransom, two counts of forcible rape, robbery, burglary and false imprisonment. Sean Dooley, ABC News, 3 June 2021 Its policy requires one of the following be met: The officer has a reasonable belief that the fleeing suspect committed or attempted to commit a forcible felony. Rafael Olmeda,, 23 May 2021 For instance, door security bars such as the Buddybar Door Jammer are extremely effective against both forcible and unforced entry but probably aren’t allowed in carry-on bags, Kiser says. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 As long as global cultures remain connected—either by trade or forcible conquest—design typologies will continue to meld. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 17 May 2021 The bill includes a provision banning the arrest of children less than 7 years old, except for forcible felonies. Gray Rohrer,, 29 Apr. 2021 The Kaia Rolle Act goes into effect July 1, and the new Florida law prohibits the arrest and charging of children under 7 years old, unless a forcible felony has been committed. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 The appeals court noted that lawyers for Lombardo presented a conflicting expert report alleging that the cause of death was forcible restraint inducing asphyxia. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 13 May 2021 The European Parliament, the United Nations’ refugee agency and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, among others, have rejected forcible returns to Syria. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of forcible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forcible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forcible

: made or done by physical force or violence


forc·​ible | \ ˈfōr-sə-bəl How to pronounce forcible (audio) \

Kids Definition of forcible

1 : got, made, or done by physical power a forcible entrance
2 : showing a lot of strength or energy forcible statements

Other Words from forcible

forcibly \ -​blē \ adverb


for·​ci·​ble | \ ˈfȯr-sə-bəl How to pronounce forcible (audio) \

Legal Definition of forcible

: effected by force or threat of force used against opposition or resistance a forcible felony

Other Words from forcible

forcibly adverb

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