Definition of forced in English:



  • 1Obtained or imposed by coercion or physical power:

    ‘there was no sign of a forced entry’
    • ‘He said police were investigating robbery as a possible motive for the murder and they believe she let her killer in as there was no sign of forced entry.’
    • ‘We oppose all government back-to-work orders as the imposition of a form of forced labor.’
    • ‘Yet perhaps forced busing - physically taking all children to mixed schools - is the only solution.’
    • ‘They returned to find signs of forced entry with the outside security light broken and door-lock jammed.’
    • ‘However, detectives said they are keeping an open mind as there was no sign of forced entry and they were not sure if the theft was planned or opportunist.’
    • ‘They are connected with the opium economy and impose forced labour on the communities.’
    • ‘No doubt, slavery had a profound impact on the Americas, but more than simply a supply of forced labor.’
    • ‘The reasonable grounds (for her arrest) were the fact that the house in question had no signs of a forced entry.’
    • ‘It is obvious that a new law is needed making coercing, aiding or abetting someone into a forced marriage a criminal offence.’
    • ‘The French set up a bureaucracy to administer the colony and collected taxes and requisitioned forced labor.’
    • ‘I heard stories about suffering, especially of the Indonesians in forced labor, the romusha.’
    • ‘Some even view it as a form of forced medication and mental and physical control.’
    • ‘We never reached Vienna, the train was seized by German military police and we ended up in a forced labor camp near Hamburg.’
    • ‘Guard dogs had not barked and there were no signs of forced entry.’
    • ‘He is known for bringing a lawsuit against Japanese corporations for forced labor during WWII.’
    • ‘How did Mark Twain end up fighting against forced labor in the Belgian Congo?’
    • ‘Detectives think the thieves would have needed a vehicle to load the heavy equipment, but there was no sign of forced entry at the headquarters.’
    • ‘We would probably not today know of police coercion, brutality, forced confessions and rigged trials.’
    • ‘Myanmar's ruling junta passed a degree in September 1999 declaring forced labor illegal.’
    • ‘But the Police Reform Act 2002 had added in the power to require the forced resignation of a chief constable.’
    enforced, compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, exacted, coerced, imposed, demanded, compelled, required, requisite, stipulated, dictated, ordained, prescribed
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    1. 1.1 (of a plant) having its development or maturity artificially hastened.
      • ‘Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paper-white narcissus, muscari and hyacinths.’
      • ‘It's also possible to buy professionally forced bulb flowers in the spring to add to your containers.’
      • ‘All forced Irises and Gladioli are used for cut flower production (not pots).’
      • ‘After you enjoy your forced bulbs one year, plant them into your garden to bloom the following year.’
  • 2(of a gesture or expression) produced or maintained with effort; affected or unnatural:

    ‘a forced smile’
    • ‘There is always a sense of artificiality, of distance maintained, of forced bonhomie.’
    • ‘Not knowing how to respond, her teacher gave her a forced smile and reached in one of her drawers for a matchbook.’
    • ‘That operation could give life, but is life ours to give away, in such a forced unnatural state?’
    • ‘Or are there barely visible signs of tragedy hidden behind that forced smile?’
    • ‘He gave me a very forced smile - I wonder if he has worked out who I am?’
    • ‘The people you meet there are all the same too, and underneath the forced smiles and jaded handshakes you detect great reservoirs of boredom.’
    • ‘She gritted her teeth, then slowly turned around, a forced smile on her face.’
    • ‘I took the drinks to the table, laid them down on the chequered surface with a forced smile, and returned to my stool.’
    • ‘She flashed the other woman a forced smile before quickly returning her attention to her daughter.’
    • ‘I was never a fan of wave action anyway as it always felt forced and unnatural!’
    • ‘She stopped herself and put on a forced smile for the battery of cameras facing her.’
    • ‘Oh, my, I do ache, what with the remnants of last night's forced smiles and anxieties.’
    • ‘Eddy said he is practising using that forced smile on photos nowadays.’
    • ‘I was also wearing a forced smile on a face smeared with loads of talcum powder.’
    • ‘There are some very forced and unnatural interpretations in this book.’
    • ‘This response may be noted with a spontaneous smile but not with forced facial movements.’
    • ‘It took a second, and a forced effort, for everything to come back into focus.’
    • ‘I topped up her beaker a few times and we made an effort at conversation, but it was forced and stilted.’
    • ‘To this point, every hockey game has made the backhand gesture a little too forced and grandiose.’
    • ‘I thanked her again; but with a smile a little more forced than previously.’
    strained, laboured, unnatural, artificial, false, feigned, simulated, contrived, stilted, wooden, stiff, studied, mannered, self-conscious, overdone, overworked, affected, unconvincing, insincere, hollow
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