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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The 20-year veteran was originally charged with forcible rape. Kc Baker,, "Sex Crimes Detective Who Raped Teen Victim While Investigating Her Case Gets 3 Years in Prison," 12 Aug. 2019 The actor was charged with one count of forcible touching, a misdemeanor offense, said Det. Nardine Saad,, "Cuba Gooding Jr. didn’t grope anyone — he’s just ‘frisky,’ his lawyer says," 13 June 2019 The forcible occupation of the legislature sent shock waves through this slick financial hub, known for its efficiency and orderliness. Mike Ives,, "Hong Kong protesters take stock after arrests and China’s condemnation," 3 July 2019 The forcible occupation of the legislature sent shock waves through this financial hub, known for its efficiency and orderliness. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Take Stock as Police Announce More Arrests," 2 July 2019 William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday on two felony counts of forcible rape, and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Jason Hanna And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "A Los Angeles police officer was accused of a rape. Then DNA made him a suspect in another, officials say," 18 July 2019 Each country intended the gesture to act as recompense for the forcible exile of Jews in the 1490s, in one of the first acts of the Spanish Inquisition. The Economist, "British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship," 4 July 2019 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

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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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