Thesaurus

forceful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of forceful

  1. 1 having the power to persuade made a very forceful argument against going to war Synonyms of forceful compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, effective, cogent, persuasive, satisfying, strong, tellingWords Related to forceful authoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevantNear Antonyms of forceful groundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weakAntonyms of forceful inconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive

  2. 2 marked by or uttered with forcefulness he kept asking me out until I gave him a very forceful and blunt “no” Synonyms of forceful aggressive, assertive, dynamic, energetic, emphatic, full-blooded, muscular, resounding, strenuous, vehement, vigorous, violentWords Related to forceful decided, insistent, marked, pointed; absolute, categorical (also categoric), clear, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal; arresting, compelling, conspicuous, impelling, noticeable, strikingNear Antonyms of forceful guarded, mild, uncompelling, weak, wishy-washy; ambiguous, equivocal, halting, hesitant; understatedAntonyms of forceful nonassertive, nonemphatic, unemphatic

  3. 3 not showing weakness or uncertainty took a forceful stand on the highly controversial issue Synonyms of forceful firm, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, strong, sturdy, vigorousWords Related to forceful hard, ironclad, mighty, powerful, tough, unyielding; animated, brisk, energetic, frisky, jaunty, jazzy, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightful, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy; assured, certain, confident, sanguine, secure, sureNear Antonyms of forceful feeble, fragile, frail; limp, listless, spiritless; diffident, insecure, self-doubting; characterless, effete, frail, spineless, weakened, weak-kneed, wimpy, wishy-washyAntonyms of forceful uncertain, weak

  4. 4 having power over the minds or behavior of others a forceful speaker whose words moved the audience to tears Synonyms of forceful authoritative, influential, weightyWords Related to forceful cogent, controlling, dominating, masterful; dominant, predominant, regnant, sovereign (also sovran), supreme; eminent, important, momentousNear Antonyms of forceful helpless, impotent, powerless, weak; incapable, unable


Learn More about forceful


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up forceful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!