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Meaning of FORCIBLE

Pronunciation:  'fowrsubul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"
 

FORCIBLE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: forceful, physical, strong-arm
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

         How forcible are right words!         --Job. vi. 2?.

         Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances,
         when broken.                          --Bacon.

         But I have reasons strong and forcible. --Shak.

         That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible
         to bridle sin.                        --Hooker.

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

2. Violent; impetuous.

         Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.
                                               --Prior.

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

         In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust.
                                               --Swift.

{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.

 
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