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

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 Shannon Hall, a 31-year-old former teacher at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School in New York City, was arrested in June and charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment. Fox News, 20 July 2022 Both teens are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit forcible felony, online court records show. Greg Hanlon,, 13 May 2022 The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed 10 felony charges against McGuire, including kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, torture, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and forcible rape. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 June 2022 Cohen said Jane Doe 2’s account didn’t even amount to a forcible rape, despite the charge, and, if allowed to be heard alongside the rape claims of Jane Does 1 and 3, could trigger improper bias. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2022 The second break-in was on the 4300 block of Western Avenue, where forcible entry to a home was made through a side door and several items of jewelry were taken. Hank Beckman,, 25 Jan. 2022 Officers found evidence of a forcible entry and learned that a suspect or suspects stole more than $1,700 worth of cigarettes, alcohol and consumable goods. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 Gomez, who was 43, had been arrested in February 2021 on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a felony and attempted forcible rape, court records show. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 Almost three years after he was hit with charges of forcible touching, Cuba Gooding Jr. has pleaded guilty. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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