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 forcibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of forcible in a Sentence

the forcible removal of the rioters

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Jerry Brown signed the bill, making forcible rape a three-year prison offense. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: The attacker lingered in houses as he raped, tortured women (Part Three)," 23 June 2019 Its charges include human trafficking, production of child pornography and forcible rape of a minor, all of which are alleged to have occurred in L.A. County between 2015 and 2018. Leila Miller,, "Sex abuse charges against La Luz del Mundo leader are the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ prosecutors say," 22 June 2019 The first jury favored convicting him of forcible rape in this case by a 10-2 margin and favored guilt by an 8-4 margin on a separate charge of rape of an unconscious person. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Kellen Winslow headed to second rape trial in September, will remain in jail," 14 June 2019 He is expected to be charged with forcible touching and will enter a not guilty plea, Heller said. CBS News, "Cuba Gooding Jr. faces charges of forcible touching, lawyer says," 13 June 2019 The jury could not reach a verdict on the two counts (forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person) connected to Jane Doe #4. Robert Klemko,, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019 García, 50, faces 26 counts of felony charges that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to forcible rape of a minor. Washington Post, "Leader of La Luz del Mundo charged with child rape," 4 June 2019 Both officials continue to argue, explicitly or implicitly, for regime change in Iran — perhaps even forcible regime change — despite the danger that such an endeavor could prove even more costly than the American misadventure in Iraq. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 In the process, she is stopped by Strahovski’s at times monstrous, at times sympathetic character, Serena Joy Waterford, the baby’s mother by forcible adoption and rape. Yvonne Villarreal,, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ star Yvonne Strahovski became a mother before Season 3 — and things got real," 4 June 2019

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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 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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