1. [syn: forcible, physical, strong-arm]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
2. Violent; impetuous.
Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.
3. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by
compulsion; effected by force; as, forcible entry or
In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: impelled by physical force especially against resistance;
"forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical";
"strong-arm tactics" [syn: forcible, physical,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
135 Moby Thesaurus words for "forcible":
accented, accentuated, acid, active, acute, aggressive, animated,
armipotent, assertive, authoritative, beefy, biting, bouncing,
brisk, bulldozer, coercive, cogent, corrosive, cutting, decided,
doughty, drastic, driving, dynamic, effective, emphasized,
emphatic, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, forceful, forcy,
full of pep, full-blooded, full-strength, go-go, gutsy, gutty,
hale, hard, hard as nails, hardy, hearty, hefty, high-potency,
high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension, husky, imperative,
impetuous, impressive, in force, in power, in red letters,
incisive, intense, iron-hard, irresistible, italicized, keen,
kinetic, lively, living, lusty, mettlesome, mighty,
mighty in battle, militant, mordant, nervous, nervy, obstinate,
operative, penetrating, peppy, piercing, poignant, pointed,
positive, potent, powerful, prepotent, puissant, punchy,
punctuated, red-blooded, robust, robustious, rugged, ruling,
self-assertive, sensational, severe, sinewed, sinewy, slashing,
sledgehammer, smacking, snappy, spanking, spirited, stalwart,
starred, steamroller, steely, stout, strapping, strenuous,
stressed, striking, stringent, strong, strong as brandy,
strong as strong, strong-arm, strong-willed, sturdy, take-charge,
take-over, telling, trenchant, underlined, underscored, valid,
vehement, vibrant, vigorous, violent, vital, vivacious, vivid,
zestful, zesty, zippy