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ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs-force·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forcefuladjective

    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"

  2. emphatic, forcefuladjective

    forceful and definite in expression or action

    "the document contained a particularly emphatic guarantee of religious liberty"


  1. forcefuladjective

    With assertive force; powerful.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Forcefuladjective

    Violent; strong; driven with great might; impetuous.

    Etymology: force and full.

    Why, what need we
    Commune with you of this, but rather follow
    Our forceful instigation? William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Against the steed he threw
    His forceful spear, which, hissing as it flew,
    Pierc’d through the yielding planks. John Dryden, Æn.

    Were it by chance, or forceful destiny,
    Which forms in causes first whate’er shall be,
    Assisted by a friend, one moonless night,
    This Palamon from prison took his flight. Dryden.

    He pois’d in air, the jav’lin sent,
    Through Paris’ shield the forceful weapon went. Alexander Pope.


  1. forceful

    Forceful refers to something or someone characterized by power, energy, intensity, or strength. It often implies a use of action, influence, or language that leaves a strong impact.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forcefuladjective

    full of or processing force; exerting force; mighty


  1. Forceful

    Forceful is an ocean-going tugboat built for the Queensland Tug Company. Forceful was built by Alexander Stephen and Sons Ltd in Govan, Scotland. She arrived at her homeport of Brisbane, Queensland on 7 March 1926. While she spent most of her career operating along the coast of Queensland, she was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy during most of 1942 and 1943 as HMAS Forceful. During her war service she was based at Darwin and operated mainly in northern Australian waters. She received two battle honours for her wartime service: "Darwin 1942-43" and "Pacific 1943". Forceful was retired from service in September 1970 and was handed over to the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane on 10 June 1971. The vessel was kept operational and used for trips along the Brisbane River and to Moreton Bay until 2006, when a hull survey revealed that the tugboat was not safe to operate, and required extensive repairs. Following a number slippings of the vessel at the Brisbane slipway in order to preserve her in a safe condition, Forceful now has several repairs on her hull in order to keep her watertight and is currently being maintained as a static exhibit at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane. But age and lack of funding was taking its toll. In June 2012 Forceful was at risk of being condemned for scrap as a small leak had developed in the vessels stern. Forceful was given a deadline to be out of the water and repaired by Maritime Safety Queensland. With no funds available, the outlook was not good. Media attention by television and radio networks as well as maritime newsletters and social media ended up with an anonymous donation being made to facilitate the repairs Forceful needed. She came out of the water in June 2012 for repairs and returned to the Queensland Maritime Museum in July 2012.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forceful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forceful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of forceful in a Sentence

  1. The Democrat:

    We have a huge opportunity here with a President who is more forceful on Cuba where many Democratic presidents in recent memory may not have been as forceful, there is some real opportunity here. We have something very concrete that, across the ideologic spectrum -- save maybe the farthest of the far left -- is supported.

  2. Lisa Earles:

    I was impressed by her debate performance, she certainly could stand up to Trump - she's forceful, but she stays calm. I don't think she would be baited into a shouting match.

  3. Ricki Eibs Tuttle:

    I just don't think he's got the backbone, i just don't think Cruz has got enough backbone to be forceful enough to say, 'Hey, this is the way it's going to have to be.'.

  4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    There has been a lot of talk in the last 24 hours about one of our presidential candidates and his seeming ambivalence about David Duke and the KKK, so let me make it perfectly clear, that is not the view of Republicans who have been elected to the United States Senate, and I condemn his views in the most forceful way.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The matter of this country refusing to take back their deported citizens came before Hillary Clinton’s( State Department) desk, but she failed to take forceful action and ignored the federal law requiring her to suspend visas to countries that don’t take back their citizens.

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