Definition of perforce in English:


Syllabification: per·force
Pronunciation: /pərˈfôrs


  • Used to express necessity or inevitability: amateurs, perforce, have to settle for less expensive solutions
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    • But just as W.B. Yeats had trouble separating the dancer from the dance, so too is it impossible to separate the more graceful moments from the ugly, at times horrifying, context in which they must perforce arise.
    • Such a work of synthesis, he asserts, ‘must perforce construct its own rules of engagement.’
    • Lurid black and white must perforce give way to reputable gray.
    necessarily, of necessity, inevitably, unavoidably, by force of circumstances, needs must
    informal like it or not
    formal nolens volens


Middle English: from Old French par force 'by force'.

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