Definition of forcible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrsəb(ə)l/


1Done by force: signs of forcible entry
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  • The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.
  • Someone or something has made a forcible entry.
  • Future airlifters will likely retain this requirement since it is an essential element of the Army's forcible entry mission.
forced, violent
1.1Vigorous and strong; forceful: they could only be deterred by forcible appeals
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  • In his strongest and most forcible performance from the podium, Mr Sargent succeeded in putting across two key messages.
  • Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect.
  • It is a stronger power, a more forcible motive, which exerts itself upon such occasions.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from force (see force1).

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Syllabification: for·ci·ble

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