forceful

  • 1forceful — 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

  • 2Forceful — Force ful, a. Full of or processing force; exerting force; mighty. {Force ful*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Against the steed he threw His forceful spear. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3forceful — index categorical, cogent, convincing, decisive, dogmatic, drastic, eloquent, forcible, indomitable …

    Law dictionary

  • 4forceful — (adj.) 1570s, from FORCE (Cf. force) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Forcefully; forcefulness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5forceful — *powerful, potent, forcible, puissant Analogous words: compelling, constraining (see FORCE vb): virile, manful (see MALE): cogent, telling, convincing, compelling (see VALID): *effective, efficient Antonyms: feeble Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6forceful — [adj] effective, powerful ball of fire*, bullish*, cogent, coming on strong, commanding, compelling, constraining, convincing, dominant, dynamic, electric, elemental, energetic, forcible, gutsy*, mighty, persuasive, pithy, potent, powerhouse,… …

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  • 7forceful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ powerful, assertive, or vigorous. DERIVATIVES forcefully adverb forcefulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8forceful — [fôrs′fəl] adj. full of force; powerful, vigorous, effective, cogent, etc. forcefully adv. forcefulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9forceful — force|ful [ˈfo:sfəl US ˈfo:rs ] adj 1.) a forceful person expresses their opinions very strongly and clearly and people are easily persuaded by them = ↑strong a forceful personality/character/opponent etc ▪ He gained a reputation as a forceful… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10forceful — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)sfʊl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe someone as forceful, you approve of them because they express their opinions and wishes in a strong, emphatic, and confident way. He was a man of forceful character, with considerable… …

    English dictionary

  • 11forceful —  , forcible, forced  Forcible indicates the use of brute force ( forcible entry ). Forceful suggests a potential for force ( forceful argument, forceful personality ). Forced can be used for forcible (as in forced entry ), but more often is… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 12forceful — adjective 1 a forceful person expresses their opinions very strongly and clearly and people are easily persuaded by them: She has a strong character, very forceful and determined. 2 forceful arguments, reasons etc are strongly and clearly… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13forceful — force|ful [ fɔrsfəl ] adjective 1. ) confident and good at influencing people: ASSERTIVE: a forceful personality a ) clear and likely to persuade people: CONVINCING: There are forceful arguments in favor of this. 2. ) involving the use of force ╾ …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14forceful — adjective 1) a forceful personality Syn: dynamic, energetic, assertive, authoritative, vigorous, powerful, strong, pushy, driving, determined, insistent, commanding, dominant, domineering; informal bossy, in your face, go ahead …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15forceful — adjective 1) a forceful personality Syn: dynamic, energetic, assertive, authoritative, vigorous, powerful, strong, pushy; informal in your face, go ahead, feisty 2) a forceful argument Syn …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 16forceful — UK [ˈfɔː(r)sf(ə)l] / US [ˈfɔrsfəl] adjective 1) confident and good at influencing people a forceful personality 2) clear and likely to persuade people There are forceful arguments in favour of this. 3) involving the use of force Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 17forceful — force•ful [[t]ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs [/t]] adj. 1) full of force; powerful; vigorous: a forceful blow[/ex] 2) effective; cogent; telling: a forceful plea for justice[/ex] • Etymology: 1565–75 force′ful•ly, adv. force′ful•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18forceful — adjective Date: 1571 possessing or filled with force ; effective < a forceful argument > • forcefully adverb • forcefulness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19forceful — forcefully, adv. forcefulness, n. /fawrs feuhl, fohrs /, adj. 1. full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace. 2. acting or driven with force. [1565 75; FORCE + FUL] Syn. 1. cogent, telling. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 20forceful — See forcible, forceful …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions