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force

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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
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2 the use of power to impose oneʼs will on another

  • a cruel tyrant who disbanded the parliament and ruled by force
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3 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task

  • got through the college board exams by sheer force of will
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5 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect

  • expressed the full force of her frustration with her son for his reckless behavior
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7 a body of officers of the law

  • the police detective retired after 23 years on the force
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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
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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

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1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure

  • the public outcry from the scandal forced the mayor to resign
  • road construction forced them to take an alternate route
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twist one's arm

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2 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent

  • was accused of forcing a woman
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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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