For"ci*ble (?), a. [Cf. OF. forcible forcible, forceable that may be forced.]


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. )


Violent; impetuous.

Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined. Prior.


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.


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