forcible

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web The forcible clearing of peaceful protesters drew wide condemnation. Editors, USA TODAY, "Texas sex ed showdown, protesters injured ahead of Trump's church visit to testify: 5 things to know Monday," 29 June 2020 In 2017, Jharkhand’s Adivasis began a spirited movement to protest forcible land acquisition by the state on behalf of mining companies. Gladson Dungdung, Scientific American, "India's Coronavirus Refugees Are Also Development Refugees," 20 June 2020 The charges include forcible rape, assault with intent to commit rape, kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, and others; each involved either a knife or handgun. Emily Wilder, azcentral, "Chino Valley man arrested, charged in California serial rape cold cases," 17 June 2020 The comments were Verma’s most forcible remarks to date on the need to preserve access to telemedicine following the outbreak. Casey Ross, STAT, "‘I can’t imagine going back’: Medicare leader calls for expanded telehealth access after Covid-19," 9 June 2020 On Tuesday, however, federal officials offered conflicting reasons for the forcible removal of the protesters, seeking to separate the move from Trump’s visit to the church. Carol D. Leonnig, BostonGlobe.com, "Attorney general personally ordered removal of protesters near White House," 2 June 2020 On Tuesday, however, federal officials offered conflicting reasons for the forcible removal of the protesters, seeking to separate the move from Trump's visit to the church. Anchorage Daily News, "Attorney general personally ordered removal of peaceful protesters near White House," 2 June 2020 Still, others warned without evidence of forcible inoculations of unwilling Americans with an eventual coronavirus vaccine. Peter Jamison, Anchorage Daily News, "Anti-vaccination leaders seize on coronavirus to push resistance to inoculation," 5 May 2020 In crises past, involving physical and forcible threats of instantaneous mass casualties, all levels of government have generally unified on the side of security. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Justice Department Achieves a Victory for Religious Liberty," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of forcible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forcible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forcible. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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forcible

adjective
How to pronounce forcible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of forcible

: made or done by physical force or violence

forcible

adjective
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

forcible

adjective
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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