Definition of forcible in US English:



  • 1Done by force.

    ‘signs of forcible entry’
    • ‘Someone or something has made a forcible entry.’
    • ‘Such an offer must be made at fair market value before a forcible seizure can be sought through the courts.’
    • ‘This regulation could well mean forcible conscription into the armed forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Pre-Parliament was an obvious failure and Lenin continued to bombard his lieutenants with demands for a forcible seizure of power.’
    • ‘Home invasion is the forcible entry of an occupied home by presumably violent and usually armed criminals.’
    • ‘But non-government organizations decried the forcible evictions as inhumane, urging the government to build replacements for their demolished houses.’
    • ‘In burglary, the loss is discovered after the fact, and there is evidence of forcible entry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Future airlifters will likely retain this requirement since it is an essential element of the Army's forcible entry mission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lawyer pointed out that there was no sign of forcible entry into the camp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both deportation and forcible transfer relate to involuntary and unlawful evacuation of individuals from the territory in which they reside.’
    • ‘Democracy is obviously more desirable than a dictatorship, but that does not justify any forcible change by an external power.’
    • ‘Finally, it may be justifiable to allow forcible entry to premises for the purposes of inspection.’
    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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Late Middle English: from Old French, from force (see force).