Definition of forcibly in US English:



  • 1Using force or violence.

    ‘no one will be forcibly evicted’
    • ‘These kids at the orphanage are from troubled homes, often forcibly removed by the state.’
    • ‘Women were forcibly unveiled.’
    • ‘Executions frequently follow a mock trial held in front of forcibly assembled villagers.’
    • ‘Officers found evidence that the family was forcibly kept in the house, including a padlock on a bedroom door, he said.’
    • ‘Beefy security forces moved in and forcibly dragged more than a dozen protesters out.’
    • ‘Katie left, taking Sam forcibly with her.’
    • ‘I haven't forcibly led anyone into a store, I never made them buy anything.’
    • ‘The kingdom was forcibly annexed by Prussia in 1866.’
    • ‘The new conversation must be about how to achieve stability, not how we can forcibly pacify the place.’
    • ‘Our offices, our shops, our industries, our businesses, our trades are all forcibly closed.’
    • ‘The ship that was heading for the most logical port of call in Indonesia was forcibly routed to Australia.’
    • ‘Since they had been forcibly kept out, the people could not see what had been going on in the area.’
    • ‘The accused, after bringing the minor girls to Delhi, used to forcibly employ them as maid servants.’
    • ‘Haitian human rights organizations have repeatedly requested that Constant be forcibly returned to Haiti.’
    • ‘Smaller fish will be forcibly removed from their domain by bullying tactics.’
    • ‘Rose has just given birth out of wedlock and has her son forcibly taken for adoption.’
    • ‘There were demands for asylum seekers to be forcibly tested for HIV and hepatitis.’
    • ‘The action was opposed by Morocco, which forcibly removed the boundary stones laid by the Spaniards.’
    • ‘They were then forcibly returned to Iran, where they immediately disappeared.’
    • ‘In fact over the past ten days about 290,000 people have been forcibly expelled from Kosovo.’
    by force, against one's will, under protest, compulsorily, under compulsion, under coercion, of necessity
    forcefully, vigorously, powerfully, potently, dynamically, energetically, assertively, heartily, eagerly, zealously, strenuously, aggressively
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    1. 1.1 In a forceful way; convincingly.
      ‘they argued forcibly against the proposal’
      • ‘A tall bearded man soon entered reception and forcibly grinned at me.’
      • ‘What struck me so forcibly about the World Horror Convention was the sheer friendliness of the crowd.’
      • ‘Overall is that air of delicious abandon - Bohemianism - that strikes forcibly the elemental in your nature.’
      • ‘And though I had read it many times before, I realised then that it is written as history - that came to me very forcibly.’
      • ‘Christmas 2002 is now a fading memory, but it was then that the virtual church was brought forcibly to my attention.’
      • ‘There are times I have to forcibly restrain myself from correcting other people's emails.’
      • ‘The records may forcibly bring to the attention of the staff and the patient the fact that patient behavior is lawful, and not erratic.’
      • ‘The same should be said, even more forcibly, of Michael Vaughan for England's captain contributed a measly seven runs.’
      • ‘In Australia, the opera companies of Sydney and Melbourne were forcibly merged.’
      • ‘However, they have persisted in forcibly bringing their message to all sorts of international financial meetings abroad.’
      • ‘All this is immediately evident in O'Sullivan's account and the reader is almost forcibly reminded of Homer.’