Etymology
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forceful (adj.)

1570s, from force (n.) + -ful. Related: Forcefully; forcefulness.

updated on January 12, 2013

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Definitions of forceful from WordNet

forceful (adj.)
characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical);
a forceful plan for peace
a forceful personality
a forceful speaker
forceful measures
forceful (adj.)
forceful and definite in expression or action;
Synonyms: emphatic
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