Definition of forcefully in US English:



  • 1In a strong and assertive manner; vigorously.

    ‘he argued forcefully against reform’
    ‘the government needs to act forcefully on this issue’
    • ‘Many of the figures are spray-painted solid gold, to enable their power to radiate more forcefully.’
    • ‘This strikes home most forcefully in the battle sequence.’
    • ‘She paints sharply peculiar yet forcefully compelling human faces.’
    • ‘What comes across forcefully from the book is the extent to which Godwin did not aspire to the role of intellectual.’
    • ‘He underplays constantly, but he does step up to the plate to assert himself forcefully from time to time.’
    • ‘The preconceptions on which such views are built are forcefully challenged by him in an article this month.’
    • ‘The intense focus on HIV/AIDS this last week impacted forcefully on the visual arts scene.’
    • ‘A more forcefully modern rejection of the courtly Petrarchan tradition could scarcely be made.’
    • ‘Ironically, it is the much maligned "rhythm" of his own account that comes most forcefully to the surface.’
    • ‘The movie is funny, yes, but never forcefully.’
    1. 1.1 Using considerable physical strength or violence.
      ‘he forcefully shoved her back into the wall’
      ‘exhale forcefully through your nose’
      • ‘He pushed the quilt forcefully away from him and leaped out of bed.’
      • ‘He forcefully turned her arm over, and slowly a grimace spread over his face.’
      • ‘Biting her lip, she tried to push past him, but he forcefully grabbed her by the arm.’
      • ‘With her free hand, she was gripping his chin and forcefully turning his face towards hers.’
      • ‘Forcefully, I pushed my foot into my favorite sneaks and rushed out towards the field.’
      • ‘He ran ahead, but something forcefully collided into his back, making him drop the plastic case.’
      • ‘Her performance had fine details, like how she forcefully clasped her mother's hands as if to silence her prophecies of doom.’
      • ‘For the last breath, exhale through the mouth forcefully.’
      • ‘I forcefully stabbed my egg roll.’
      • ‘She swung it open forcefully, finding herself face-to-face with a beaming Michael.’