Definition of forcible in English:

forcible

adjective

  • 1Done by force.

    ‘signs of forcible entry’
    • ‘Finally, it may be justifiable to allow forcible entry to premises for the purposes of inspection.’
    • ‘This would include both lethal attacks on soldiers of those nations or members of those military organizations, and, once the members surrender or are disarmed, their continued forcible detention.’
    • ‘Future airlifters will likely retain this requirement since it is an essential element of the Army's forcible entry mission.’
    • ‘But non-government organizations decried the forcible evictions as inhumane, urging the government to build replacements for their demolished houses.’
    • ‘The Army should maintain a vertical assault capability for forcible entry operations.’
    • ‘Alaska generally, and Anchorage specifically, have been plagued by a high incidence of forcible rapes and sexual assaults.’
    • ‘In burglary, the loss is discovered after the fact, and there is evidence of forcible entry.’
    • ‘A lawyer pointed out that there was no sign of forcible entry into the camp.’
    • ‘Such an offer must be made at fair market value before a forcible seizure can be sought through the courts.’
    • ‘She took her case to the king's court and sued for forcible abduction and imprisonment, demanding £100 in damages, which the court, in turn, awarded.’
    • ‘Home invasion is the forcible entry of an occupied home by presumably violent and usually armed criminals.’
    • ‘No ‘consent’ can deprive a parent of his or her natural guardianship rights and obligations, either, especially if they were coerced through threats of forcible removal.’
    • ‘A key provision in the Act criminalized knowing membership in an organization that advocated the forcible overthrow of the government, and imposed a penalty of up to twenty years of imprisonment.’
    • ‘Secondly, there is the fact that some force was used but that force was within the range of force that can be inherent in the case of forcible rape.’
    • ‘The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.’
    • ‘Someone or something has made a forcible entry.’
    • ‘Democracy is obviously more desirable than a dictatorship, but that does not justify any forcible change by an external power.’
    • ‘This regulation could well mean forcible conscription into the armed forces.’
    • ‘Both deportation and forcible transfer relate to involuntary and unlawful evacuation of individuals from the territory in which they reside.’
    • ‘The Pre-Parliament was an obvious failure and Lenin continued to bombard his lieutenants with demands for a forcible seizure of power.’
    forced, violent
    compulsory, forced, enforced, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, imposed, exacted, coerced, demanded, compelled, required, stipulated, dictated, ordained, prescribed
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    1. 1.1 Vigorous and strong; forceful.
      ‘they could only be deterred by forcible appeals’
      • ‘It is a stronger power, a more forcible motive, which exerts itself upon such occasions.’
      • ‘In his strongest and most forcible performance from the podium, Mr Sargent succeeded in putting across two key messages.’
      • ‘Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect.’
      forceful, cogent, convincing, compelling, strong, powerful, potent, weighty, plausible, effective, efficacious, valid, telling
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from force (see force).

Pronunciation

forcible

/ˈfôrsəb(ə)l/