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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forcible  \For"ci*ble\,  a.  [Cf.  OF  forcible  forcible,  forceable 
  that  may  be  forced.] 
  1.  Possessing  force;  characterized  by  force,  efficiency,  or 
  energy;  powerful;  efficacious;  impressive;  influential. 
 
  How  forcible  are  right  words!  --Job.  vi  2?. 
 
  Sweet  smells  are  most  forcible  in  dry  substances, 
  when  broken.  --Bacon. 
 
  But  I  have  reasons  strong  and  forcible.  --Shak. 
 
  That  punishment  which  hath  been  sometimes  forcible 
  to  bridle  sin.  --Hooker. 
 
  He  is  at  once  elegant  and  sublime,  forcible  and 
  ornamented.  --Lowth 
  (Transl.  ) 
 
  2.  Violent;  impetuous. 
 
  Like  mingled  streams,  more  forcible  when  joined. 
  --Prior. 
 
  3.  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. 
  --Swift. 
 
  {Forcible  entry  and  detainer}  (Law),  the  entering  upon  and 
  taking  and  withholding  of  land  and  tenements  by  actual 
  force  and  violence,  and  with  a  strong  hand,  to  the 
  hindrance  of  the  person  having  the  right  to  enter 
 
  Syn:  Violent;  powerful;  strong;  energetic;  mighty;  potent; 
  weighty;  impressive;  cogent;  influential. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forcible 
  adj  :  impelled  by  physical  force  especially  against  resistance; 
  "forcible  entry";  "a  real  cop  would  get  physical"; 
  "strong-arm  tactics"  [syn:  {physical},  {strong-arm}] 




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