forc·​ible | \ˈfȯr-sə-bəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of forcible in a Sentence

the forcible removal of the rioters

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The video clearly shows forcible contact: Gustin leads with the crown of his helmetinto the facemask of a defenseless player — the very definition of targeting. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 5: Huskies back on top, and the fumbling of a targeting non-call vs. WSU," 1 Oct. 2018 This is the defense everyone knew was coming, the one Weinstein has held to as more than 80 women have publicly accused him of rape, harassment, and forcible touching during his decades-long career as a movie producer. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Courthouse Scene at Harvey Weinstein’s Arraignment," 5 June 2018 Two incidents of Twitter policy-making stand out amid the fierce online lobbying effort against forcible family separation. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 What the team represents—and what at times has continued to earn it virulent racist attacks—is a forcible truth about what France actually is. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 In lieu of forcible deportations, the Netanyahu administration pursued a different tack. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 Until last week, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants included the forcible separation of migrant children from adults at the border, resulting in the detention of more than 2,300 children over a period of weeks. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Pence to Discuss Immigration With Latin American Leaders," 26 June 2018 According to the lawsuit filed by Orlando attorneys William Corzo and Edmund Normand, a pursuit for misdemeanor offenses, non-forcible felonies, traffic or civil infractions is prohibited by the sheriff’s policies and procedures. Stephen Hudak,, "Parents of UCF student sue sheriff, deputy, suspect for wrongful death in high-speed fatal crash," 25 June 2018 The policy of forcible separations has come under fire as videos and stories have emerged showing children in detention centers. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "All 5 Living First Ladies Have Spoken Out About Trump’s Separating Immigrant Families at the Border," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of forcible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of forcible

: made or done by physical force or violence


forc·​ible | \ˈfōr-sə-bəl \

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 \

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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