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force

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of force

  1. 1 a body of persons at work or available for work the entire force of the shipyard will be needed to get this government order done on time Synonyms of force help, labor force, manpower, personnel, pool, staff, workforce Words Related to force labor, proletariat, rank and file; band, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, squad, team; employee (also employe), helper, hireling, worker; blood; support

  2. 2 the use of power to impose one's will on another a cruel tyrant who disbanded the parliament and ruled by force Synonyms of force arm-twisting, coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, pressure Words Related to force browbeating, bulldozing, bullying; fear, intimidation, menace, sword, terror, terrorism, threat, violence; squeeze, squeeze play; might, muscle, potency, puissance, strength; hardheadedness, self-will, willfulness; strain, stress Near Antonyms of force agreement, approval, consent, permission; convincing, persuasion, reason, suasion

  3. 3 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task got through the college board exams by sheer force of will Synonyms of force energy, firepower, power, horsepower, might, muscle, potence, potency, puissance, sinew, strength, vigorWords Related to force aptitude, capability, capacity, competence, competency; adequacy, effectiveness, effectualness, usefulnessNear Antonyms of force disability, inability, inaptitude, incapability, incapableness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy, uselessness; helplessness, paralysisAntonyms of force impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  4. 4 the capacity to persuade surely you were influenced by the force of his arguments? Synonyms of force authority, conclusiveness, convincingness, effectiveness, cogency, forcefulness, persuasion, persuasiveness, suasivenessWords Related to force impact, might, power, punch, strength, weight; believability, credibility, soundness, validity; authoritativeness, definitiveness; influence, sway; appeal, seductivenessNear Antonyms of force invalidity, shakiness, unsoundness; feebleness, powerlessness, weaknessAntonyms of force inconclusiveness, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness

  5. 5 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect felt the full force of her denunciation of war as a morally acceptable option Synonyms of force cogency, effectiveness, punch, forcefulness, impact, pointWords Related to force payoff; importance, significance; appeal, attraction, charm, fascination

  6. 6 the use of brute strength to cause harm to a person or property threatened to resort to force if he wouldn't listen to reason Synonyms of force violence, foul playWords Related to force coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, pressure; barbarity, brutality, savagery; damage, detriment, harm, hurt, impairment, injury; crippling, maiming, mayhem, mutilation; assault, attack, bashing, battering, battery, batting, beating, belting, bludgeoning, buffeting, clubbing, cudgeling (or cudgelling), drubbing, flogging, hammering, lacing, licking, mauling, paddling, pelting, pommeling (or pommelling), pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), smashing, socking, thrashing, thumping, tromping, walloping, whaling, whipping; frenzy, fury, onslaught, outbreak, outrage, paroxysm, rage, rampage, revolt, riot, rupture, shock, storm, terror, threat, tumult, turbulence, upheaval, uproar; browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, hectoring, strong-armingNear Antonyms of force pacificism, pacifismAntonyms of force nonviolence

  7. 7 a body of officers of the law the new police chief will most likely be someone from the force Synonyms of force constabulary, finest, police, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police forceWords Related to force bluecoat, bobby [British], bull [slang], constable, cop, copper, gendarme, officer, peeler [British], policeman, police officer, policewoman, shamus [slang], trooper

  8. 8 the number of individuals or amount of something available at any given time the great debate during the Cold War was whether the nation's missile force was adequate Synonyms of force budget, supply, fund, inventory, pool, repertoire, reservoir, stockWords Related to force reserve, resource; cache, hoard, stockpile; refill, renewal, replacement; kitty, nest egg, pot, purse; fountain, mine, source, spring, well, wellspring

Synonym Discussion of force

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon.
    • the awesome power of flowing water
force implies the actual effective exercise of power.
    • used enough force to push the door open
energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work.
    • a worker with boundless energy
strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack.
    • use weight training to build your strength
might implies great or overwhelming power or strength.
    • the belief that might makes right

force

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of force

  1. 1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure the government forced the natives to sell their land hunger forced the refugees to steal Synonyms of force blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, impel, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbag Words Related to force browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, hound Phrases twist one's arm Near Antonyms of force allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

  2. 2 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent young men who should realize that there is no excuse for forcing a woman Synonyms of force assault, rape, outrage, ravish, violateWords Related to force date rape; gang rape; molest; paw; defile, deflower

Synonym Discussion of force

force, compel, coerce, constrain, oblige mean to make someone or something yield. force is the general term and implies the overcoming of resistance by the exertion of strength, power, or duress.
    • forced to flee for their lives
compel typically suggests overcoming of resistance or unwillingness by an irresistible force.
    • compelled to admit my mistake
coerce suggests overcoming resistance or unwillingness by actual or threatened violence or pressure.
    • coerced into signing over the rights
constrain suggests the effect of a force or circumstance that limits freedom of action or choice.
    • constrained by conscience
oblige implies the constraint of necessity, law, or duty.
    • felt obliged to go


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