forcible

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adjective 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

forcibleness

noun

forcibly

play \ˈfȯr-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of forcible in a Sentence

  1. the forcible removal of the rioters

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First Known Use of forcible

15th century



FORCIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

forcible

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adjective

Definition of forcible for English Language Learners

  • : made or done by physical force or violence


FORCIBLE Defined for Kids

forcible

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adjective forc·ible \ ˈfōr-sə-bəl \

Definition of forcible for Students

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

forcibly

\-blē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

forcible

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adjective 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

forcibly

adverb

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