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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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