forcible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj forcible impelled by physical force especially against resistance "forcible entry","a real cop would get physical","strong-arm tactics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forcible Possessing force; characterized by force, efficiency, or energy; powerful; efficacious; impressive; influential. "How forcible are right words!""Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken.""But I have reasons strong and forcible .""That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible to bridle sin.""He is at once elegant and sublime, forcible and ornamented."
    • Forcible 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."
    • Forcible Violent; impetuous. "Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.""A heady currance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forcible Characterized by the exertion or use of force; energetic; vigorous; violent: as, a forcible current; forcible means or measures.
    • forcible Done or effected by force; procured or brought about by the use of force: as, a forcible abduction.
    • forcible Having force or cogency; strong; potent; efficacious: as, a forcible argument.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Forcible active: impetuous: done by force: efficacious: impressive
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Quotations

  • Robert Cecil
    Robert Cecil
    “Examples is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.”
  • Robert Burton
    Robert%20Burton
    “No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. forcible, forcible, forceable, that may be forced
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L., fortia—L. fortis, strong.

Usage

In literature:

Nothing can speak more forcibly of their want of organization than this.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Once again the difference between Ireland and England is forcibly exemplified.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
In the evening it would all become an amusing, bright-colored reality, but now the barrenness of the scenes was forcibly apparent.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
The sumptuous display she had just witnessed forcibly recalled her mind to the subject of its constant meditations.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
The history of the development of marriage in Rome illustrates this very forcibly.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The animal has a remarkably forcible cough, distressing, and of a special hacking and paroxysmal character.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
None are inessential, however slight; and none are independent, however forcible.
"The Elements of Drawing" by John Ruskin
It is true, indeed, that the evil is dwelt upon more forcibly than the remedy.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
He argued very forcibly that the utility of the measure proved its necessity.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
To the language of the voice is added the no less forcible language of gesture.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Daly was slow at thinking, but an idea when it had once come home to him, struck him forcibly.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Paul uses forcible language here.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Could satire or sermon have shown more forcibly the revolting inhumanity of a doctrine upheld as divine?
"Robert Burns" by Gabriel Setoun
Her position now struck him as original, forcible, and new.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He swung it wildly over his head and brought it down forcibly on the skull of his unarmed foe.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
In the Isle of Man a proverbial expression forcibly indicates the object constantly occupying the minds of the inhabitants.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The value of an event on a wet day in the country was most forcibly brought before her.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
A prominent speaker will be secured to present the question as forcibly as possible.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The wine was exquisite, and my heart beat more forcibly, and I felt it.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Once a poor woman came to him and complained that a soldier had forcibly taken her milk, which was all she had to live upon.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
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In poetry:

Our eyes are blind or not inclined
To see that powerful hand,
That silently, yet forcibly
Gives us its strong command.
"Evil Habits" by Jared Barhite
While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,
He had different names from these:
His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"
And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
How much more the Jew, who forcibly
Tears from the holy font a Christian child,
And breaks the sacramental bond of baptism;
For all what's done to children is by force -
I mean except what the church does to children.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Besaw, 51, was charged with forcible touching and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.
The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.
But murders and forcible sex offenses increased slightly.
Steve Mann's head-mounted camera can record 120 fps video -- and captured this shot that he claims shows a McDonald's employee forcibly removing his gear.
There were 30 violent crimes reported in 2010, and all categories saw decreases except for forcible rapes.
Westfield has not seen a decrease in every type of crime, however, tallying an increase in forcible rapes and robberies since 1999, from nine to 20 and nine to 15, respectively.
Christopher Sharp from a video in which he recounts how Baltimore police erased the contents of his cell phone after he recorded them making a forcible arrest.
Never try to forcibly relocate residents.
Should Jared Loughner be forcibly drugged .
It's also where he was arrested Wednesday on forcible sodomy charges.
Entry had been forcibly made into the home and a flat screen TV was stolen.
Family forcibly resettled to Libya.
A Libyan family has accepted a 2.2 million-pound ($3.5 million) payout to settle a case it brought against the UK government over its role in forcibly returning them to Libya in 2004, the family 's law firm said Thursday.
A Kearns woman has been charged with rape, forcible sodomy and lewdness after police say she had sex with two teenage boys living with her in foster care .
The Democrat Running Against the GOP's New "Rape Gaffe " Candidate Co-Sponsored the "Forcible Rape" Bill.
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In science:

We have forcible arguments to regard this attempt successful.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
Hence, it may be found as a compensation of our forcible “horizontal” transformation of FF degrees of freedom into the Hamiltonian of the free “geometric bosons”.
Underlying Field Structure of Matter
Michael’s opinions is that although they are the strongest and most forcibly argued opinions I have ever encountered, I can never predict in advance what direction they will point in.
My Life with Fisher
By tracing cavity modes we are forcibly creating a twoqubit scenario, and various measures of entanglement are available.
Sudden Death of Entanglement of Two Jaynes-Cummings Atoms
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