American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Imposed by force; involuntary: was condemned to a life of forced labor; a plane that made a forced landing.
- adj. Produced under strain; not spontaneous: forced laughter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Effected by an unusual application of force or effort.
- Overstrained; unnatural; affected; artificial.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of force.
- adj. obtained forcefully, not naturally
- adj. opened or accessed using force
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Done or produced with force or great labor, or by extraordinary exertion; hurried; strained; produced by unnatural effort or pressure
- adj. produced by or subjected to forcing
- adj. made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency
- adj. forced or compelled
- adj. lacking spontaneity; not natural
“Just as well as the seal in traps may be forced back by the increased pressure of the air within the pipes, the same seal may be _forced out_, pulled out, aspirated, or siphoned out by a sudden withdrawal of a large quantity of air from the pipes with which the trap is connected.”
“They may be (1) _living_ or _dead_; (2) _forced_ or _avoidable_; (3) _momentous_ or _trivial_; and for our purposes we may call an option a _genuine_ option when it is of the forced, living, and momentous kind.”
“I shall never forget the joy it gave me, -- the gratitude it caused me, -- the good it did me, at the very moment when I was forced, _ay forced_ to reject that offer.”
“When you use the term forced busing, what do you refer to specifically?”
“This, perhaps, would be the right way of beginning a story (not that it is a story exactly), with the title forced on me by the name and nature of the hero.”
“When they flee, in what we call forced migration, they're going into the region to live amongst the poor.”
“But that's what happened when the Texas Education Agency put its science curriculum director Chris Comer on administrative leave in late October, leading to what she calls a forced resignation.”
“Christian activists there to criticize a range of human rights issues, including what they call forced abortions and a ban of religious movement.”
“Author Ben Skinner wrote the book "A Crime So Monstrous" about slavery which he describes as the forced labor of someone in homes, restaurants, farms and brothels for no pay and little sustenance.”
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