from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of force.
  • adj. obtained forcefully, not naturally
  • adj. opened or accessed using force

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Done or produced with force or great labor, or by extraordinary exertion; hurried; strained; produced by unnatural effort or pressure

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Effected by an unusual application of force or effort.
  • Overstrained; unnatural; affected; artificial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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  • 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.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

  • 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.

    The Making of Arguments

  • 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.

    Fairy Fingers A Novel

  • When you use the term forced busing, what do you refer to specifically?

    Oral History Interview with Jesse Helms, March 8, 1974. Interview A-0124. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • 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.

    Angling Sketches

  • I don't think any of the babes did like it at the time, not even Heidi (who usually loves Xenomania) but the label forced the release of it.


  • When they flee, in what we call forced migration, they're going into the region to live amongst the poor.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2009

  • 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.

    Zach Marks: Hey Science, Don't Mess with Texas

  • Christian activists there to criticize a range of human rights issues, including what they call forced abortions and a ban of religious movement.

    CNN Transcript Aug 7, 2008

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2008


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  • FORCED: A large group of trees, as “Lemme showya mah pine forced.”

    July 2, 2012