from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Effected against resistance through the use of force: The police used forcible restraint in order to subdue the assailant.
- adj. Characterized by force; powerful.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able to be forced.
- adj. Having force.
- adj. Having a powerful effect; telling
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing force; characterized by force, efficiency, or energy; powerful; efficacious; impressive; influential.
- adj. Violent; impetuous.
- adj. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by compulsion; effected by force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by the exertion or use of force; energetic; vigorous; violent: as, a forcible current; forcible means or measures.
- Done or effected by force; procured or brought about by the use of force: as, a forcible abduction.
- Having force or cogency; strong; potent; efficacious: as, a forcible argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. impelled by physical force especially against resistance
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