Forcible For"ci*ble, a. [Cf. OF. forcible forcible, forceable that may be forced.] 1. Possessing force; characterized by force, efficiency, or energy; powerful; efficacious; impressive; influential. [1913 Webster]

How forcible are right words! --Job. vi. 2?. [1913 Webster]

Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

But I have reasons strong and forcible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible to bridle sin. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

He is at once elegant and sublime, forcible and ornamented. --Lowth (Transl. ) [1913 Webster]

2. Violent; impetuous. [1913 Webster]

Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by compulsion; effected by force; as, forcible entry or abduction. [1913 Webster]

In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Forcible entry and detainer} (Law), the entering upon and taking and withholding of land and tenements by actual force and violence, and with a strong hand, to the hindrance of the person having the right to enter.

Syn: Violent; powerful; strong; energetic; mighty; potent; weighty; impressive; cogent; influential. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • forcible — for·ci·ble / fȯr sə bəl/ adj: effected by force or threat of force used against opposition or resistance a forcible felony for·ci·bly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • forcible — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. forcible, from O.Fr. forcier (see FORCE (Cf. force)). Related: Forcibly …   Etymology dictionary

  • forcible — forceful, *powerful, potent, puissant Analogous words: vehement, *intense, violent: energetic, strenuous, *vigorous: *aggressive, militant, assertive, self assertive: coercing or coercive (see corresponding verb at FORCE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forcible — [adj] powerful, aggressive active, armed, assertive, coercive, cogent, compelling, compulsory, drastic, effective, efficient, energetic, forceful, impressive, intense, mighty, militant, persuasive, potent, puissant, strong, telling, valid,… …   New thesaurus

  • forcible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done by force. DERIVATIVES forcibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • forcible — [fôr′sə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr] 1. done or effected by force; involving the use of force 2. having force; forceful forcibleness n. forcibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • forcible — forceful, forcible 1. Fowler (1926) identified the difference in meaning as follows: ‘while forcible conveys that force rather than something else is present, forceful conveys that much as opposed to little force is used or shown; compare… …   Modern English usage

  • forcible — for•ci•ble [[t]ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr [/t]] adj. 1) done or effected by force: forcible entry; forcible seizure[/ex] 2) having or producing force; powerfully effective 3) convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME… …   From formal English to slang

  • forcible — forcibleness, forcibility, n. forcibly, adv. /fawr seuh beuhl, fohr /, adj. 1. done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house. 2. producing a powerful effect; having force; effective. 3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory. 4.… …   Universalium

  • forcible — for|ci|ble [ˈfo:sıbəl US ˈfo:r ] adj done using physical force ▪ the forcible overthrow of the government ▪ signs of forcible entry into the building …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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