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  • 1 Forced — Forced, a. Done or produced with force or great labor, or by extraordinary exertion; hurried; strained; produced by unnatural effort or pressure; as, a forced style; a forced laugh. [1913 Webster] {Forced draught}. See under {Draught}. {Forced… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 forced — forced, labored, strained, farfetched are comparable when they mean produced or kept up through effort and, therefore, neither natural nor easy nor spontaneous. Forced is the widest in range of application of any of these terms, being referred… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 forced — UK US /fɔːst/ adjective ► done against someone s wishes: »The forced closure of the plant has shocked the local business community. »The company will use any proceeds from a forced sale to pay off debt. a forced departure/exit/resignation »Some… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 forced — [fo:st US fo:rst] adj 1.) a forced smile, laugh etc is not natural or sincere ▪ Oh, hello, said Eileen, with forced brightness. 2.) [only before noun] done suddenly and quickly because the situation makes it necessary, not because it was planned… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 forced — [fôrst] adj. 1. done or brought about by force; not voluntary; compulsory [forced labor] 2. produced or kept up by unusual effort; not natural or spontaneous; strained or constrained [a forced smile] 3. due to necessity or emergency [a forced… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 forced — [ fɔrst ] adjective 1. ) not sincere or natural: a forced smile 2. ) done or happening because the situation makes it necessary or because someone makes you do it: forced layoffs the forced resettlement of the refugees …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 7 forced — (adj.) not spontaneous or voluntary, 1570s, pp. adjective from FORCE (Cf. force) (v.). The flier s forced landing attested by 1917 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 forced — index bound, compulsory, inappropriate, involuntary, obligatory, ponderous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 forced — [adj] compulsory, strained affected, artificial, begrudging, binding, bound, coerced, coercive, compelled, conscripted, constrained, contrived, enforced, factitious, false, grudging, inflexible, insincere, involuntary, labored, mandatory,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 forced — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)st[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because someone else makes you do it. A system of forced labour was used on the cocoa plantations. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 forced — adjective 1. produced by or subjected to forcing (Freq. 1) forced air heating furnaces of the forced convection type forced convection in plasma generators • Participle of verb: ↑force 2. forced or compelled (Freq. 1) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 12 forced — en·forced; forced; un·forced; en·forced·ly; forced·ly; forced·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 13 Forced — Force Force, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forcing}.] [OF. forcier, F. forcer, fr. LL. forciare, fortiare. See {Force}, n.] 1. To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 14 forced — forcedly /fawr sid lee, fohr /, adv. forcedness, n. /fawrst, fohrst/, adj. 1. enforced or compulsory: forced labor. 2. strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile. 3. subjected to force. 4. required by circumstances; emergency: a forced… …

    Universalium

  • 15 forced — adjective 1 done unwillingly and with effort, not because of any sincere feeling: Their smiles seemed rather forced. 2 done suddenly and quickly, because the situation makes it necessary: a forced march back to base | a forced landing (=when an… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 forced — adjective 1) forced entry Syn: violent, forcible 2) forced repatriation Syn: enforced, forcible, compulsory, obligatory, mandatory, involuntary, imposed, required, stipulated, dictat …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 forced — UK [fɔː(r)st] / US [fɔrst] adjective 1) not sincere or natural a forced smile 2) done or happening because the situation makes it necessary or because someone makes you do it forced redundancies the forced resettlement of the refugees …

    English dictionary

  • 18 forced — [[t]fɔrst, foʊrst[/t]] adj. 1) enforced or compulsory: forced labor[/ex] 2) strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced laugh[/ex] 3) subjected to force 4) required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane[/ex] • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 forced — /fɔst/ (say fawst) adjective 1. enforced or compulsory: forced labour. 2. strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile. 3. subjected to force. 4. emergency: forced landing of an aeroplane. 5. Mathematics denoting a change in a system caused… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 forced — adjective Date: circa 1537 1. compelled by force or necessity ; involuntary < a forced landing > 2. done or produced with effort, exertion, or pressure < a forced laugh > • forcedly adverb …

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