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 forcible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of forcible in a Sentence

the forcible removal of the rioters
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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 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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