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done by force: forcible entry
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forceful – powerful; vigorous; cogent; telling; effective: a forceful plea for justice
1. Effected against resistance through the use of force: The police used forcible restraint in order to subdue the assailant.
2. Characterized by force; powerful.
1. done by, involving, or having force
2. convincing or effective: a forcible argument.
ˈforcibleness, ˌforciˈbility n
for•ci•ble(ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr-)
1. done or effected by force: forcible entry; forcible seizure.
2. having or producing force; powerfully effective.
3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French]
for′ci•ble•ness, for`ci•bil′i•ty, n.
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|Adj.||1.||forcible - impelled by physical force especially against resistance; "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"|
forceful - characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical); "a forceful speaker"; "a forceful personality"; "forceful measures"; "a forceful plan for peace"