Forcible

  • 1 Forcible — For ci*ble, a. [Cf. OF. forcible forcible, forceable that may be forced.] 1. Possessing force; characterized by force, efficiency, or energy; powerful; efficacious; impressive; influential. [1913 Webster] How forcible are right words! Job. vi. 2? …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 forcible — for·ci·ble / fȯr sə bəl/ adj: effected by force or threat of force used against opposition or resistance a forcible felony for·ci·bly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 forcible — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. forcible, from O.Fr. forcier (see FORCE (Cf. force)). Related: Forcibly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 forcible — forceful, *powerful, potent, puissant Analogous words: vehement, *intense, violent: energetic, strenuous, *vigorous: *aggressive, militant, assertive, self assertive: coercing or coercive (see corresponding verb at FORCE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 forcible — [adj] powerful, aggressive active, armed, assertive, coercive, cogent, compelling, compulsory, drastic, effective, efficient, energetic, forceful, impressive, intense, mighty, militant, persuasive, potent, puissant, strong, telling, valid,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 forcible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done by force. DERIVATIVES forcibly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 forcible — [fôr′sə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr] 1. done or effected by force; involving the use of force 2. having force; forceful forcibleness n. forcibly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 forcible — forceful, forcible 1. Fowler (1926) identified the difference in meaning as follows: ‘while forcible conveys that force rather than something else is present, forceful conveys that much as opposed to little force is used or shown; compare… …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 forcible — for•ci•ble [[t]ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr [/t]] adj. 1) done or effected by force: forcible entry; forcible seizure[/ex] 2) having or producing force; powerfully effective 3) convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 10 forcible — forcibleness, forcibility, n. forcibly, adv. /fawr seuh beuhl, fohr /, adj. 1. done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house. 2. producing a powerful effect; having force; effective. 3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory. 4.… …

    Universalium

  • 11 forcible — for|ci|ble [ˈfo:sıbəl US ˈfo:r ] adj done using physical force ▪ the forcible overthrow of the government ▪ signs of forcible entry into the building …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 forcible — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)sɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Forcible action involves physical force or violence. Reports are coming in of the forcible resettlement of villagers from the countryside into towns. Derived words: forcibly ADV ADV with v Two student… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 forcible — adjective 1) forcible entry Syn: forced, violent 2) forcible repatriation See forced 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 forcible — See forcible, forceful …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 forcible — adj. Forcible is used with these nouns: ↑entry, ↑expulsion, ↑rape, ↑removal, ↑repatriation …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 forcible — forc|i|ble [ fɔrsəbl ] adjective involving the use of force: There are no signs of forcible entry. ╾ forc|i|bly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 forcible — adjective done using physical force, especially as a result of an official order: forcible seizure of their assets forcibly adverb : Police threatened to have the protesters forcibly removed …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 forcible — UK [ˈfɔː(r)səb(ə)l] / US [ˈfɔrsəb(ə)l] adjective involving the use of force There are no signs of forcible entry. Derived word: forcibly adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 19 forcible — /ˈfɔsəbəl / (say fawsuhbuhl) adjective 1. effected by force: *Washington has never recognised the forcible incorporation of the independent states of Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania into the USSR … –herald, 1990. 2. having force; producing a… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 forcible — adjective Date: 15th century 1. effected by force used against opposition or resistance 2. characterized by force, efficiency, or energy ; powerful • forcibleness noun • forcibly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary


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