Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being forcible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being forcible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being forcible.

Etymologies

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forcible +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The like thereof happened unto some part of Italy, when by the forcibleness of the sea, called Superum, it cut off Sicily from the continent of

    The North-West Passage

  • The forcibleness of Nature's suggestion that she is the out - come of intelligent design lies not in particular cases of adaptedness in the world, nor even in the multiplicity of them ....

    DESIGN ARGUMENT

  • The forcibleness of the world's appeal consists rather in the conspiration of innumerable causes to produce, by their united and reciprocal action, and to maintain a general order of nature

    DESIGN ARGUMENT

  • It was old, -- nothing but repetition, -- but now he had something new and true and passionate to say, .. something that, if God pleased, it should be his to utter with the clearness and forcibleness common to the Greek thunderers of yore, who spoke out what was in them, grandly, simply, and with the fearless majesty of thought that reeked nothing of opinions.

    Ardath

  • The greater forcibleness of Saxon English, or rather non-Latin

    The Philosophy of Style

  • This behaviour does no way invalidate the forcibleness of this argument, but rather intimates a deep stupefaction by a long, inveterate habit of ill, fallen on their minds.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VII.

  • The like thereof happened unto some part of Italy, when by the forcibleness of the sea, called Superum, it cut off Sicily from the continent of Calabria, as appeareth in Justin in the beginning of his fourth book.

    Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage

  • But truly, many of such writings as come under the banner of unresistible love, if I were a mistress would never persuade me they were in love; so coldly they apply fiery speeches, as men that had rather read lovers’ writings, and so caught up certain swelling phrases—which hang together like a man which once told me the wind was at north-west and by south, because he would be sure to name winds enough—than that in truth they feel those passions, which easily, as I think, may be bewrayed by that same forcibleness, or energia (as the Greeks call it) of the writer.

    The Defense of Poesy

  • Anglica "will exhibit both the clearness of his intellect and the forcibleness of his style.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

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