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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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 Manafort reportedly owed the Yankees more than $200,000 after his Ukrainian consulting business dried up in the wake of the forcible removal of Viktor Yanukovych from office. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Judge Ellis calls on Mueller team to 'really sharply focus' inquiries, as prosecutors ask witness about emoji," 9 Aug. 2018 The story opens in Elizabethan England, in 1598, with the forcible removal of a theater belonging, putatively, to Shakespeare’s company of players, who needed it for a performance before the queen. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 June 2018 That could mean alerting users to forcible entries in homes, such as breaking windows. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 Accounts of wailing children and forcible separations sparked a national and international outcry, and warnings from physicians about lasting psychological damage to children and parents. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Some children are returned to parents, but judge tells Trump officials to move faster," 10 July 2018 The video clearly shows forcible contact: Gustin leads with the crown of his helmetinto the facemask of a defenseless player — the very definition of targeting. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 5: Huskies back on top, and the fumbling of a targeting non-call vs. WSU," 1 Oct. 2018 This is the defense everyone knew was coming, the one Weinstein has held to as more than 80 women have publicly accused him of rape, harassment, and forcible touching during his decades-long career as a movie producer. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Courthouse Scene at Harvey Weinstein’s Arraignment," 5 June 2018

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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

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forcibly adverb

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