Definition of by force of in English:

by force of

phrase

  • By means of.

    ‘disputes were sometimes settled by force of arms’
    • ‘The architects of self-governance reform did not envision the division of powers as a dynamic process, but saw it as a defined, static result to be achieved by force of will and set down in law.’
    • ‘They would take on the authorities of their day by force of arms and die, gloriously or ingloriously, to be remembered as heroes and patriots.’
    • ‘If one man could turn the whole city around 180 degrees, by force of will, then maybe individual decisions do count.’
    • ‘At another, it is a thinly disguised satire on the arrogance of an empire that extended itself by force of arms so far across the world that it ignored elementary social and environmental problems at home.’
    • ‘Jean Grey doesn't have an odd name, but she is psychic with telekinesis, tossing people around by force of will.’
    • ‘And it was evident we couldn't force democracy on people by force of arms…’
    • ‘Now if one of our military operations is designed to keep that country by force of military arm, then we could be there for a very long period of time indeed.’
    • ‘I am not so certain of the effects of violence on the souls of those who would do us harm but I share a Protestant conviction about the need to defend liberty by force of arms when necessary.’
    • ‘Some of them have compared their present concerns to those felt in the Cold War, a struggle won as much by capitalism and the power of ideas as by force of arms.’
    • ‘And that won't be achieved by force of arms in foreign lands.’