Definition of forcible in English:


Syllabification: for·ci·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrsəbəl


  • 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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