forcible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French forcible

Adjective[edit]

forcible (comparative more forcible, superlative most forcible)

  1. Able to be forced.
  2. Having force.
    • Bible, Job vi. 2
      How forcible are right words!
    • Francis Bacon
      Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken.
    • Hooker
      That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible to bridle sin.
  3. Done by force. [1]
    • 2008, U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Crime in the United States
      Forcible rape, as defined in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Attempts or assaults to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded.
  4. Having a powerful effect; telling
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford American Dictionaries (MacBook widget)