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.
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How forcible are right words!
Job. vi. 2.
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Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken.
Bacon.
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But I have reasons strong and forcible.
Shak.
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That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible to bridle sin.
Hooker.
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He is at once elegant and sublime, forcible and ornamented.
Lowth (Transl. )
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2. Violent; impetuous.
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Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.
Prior.
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3. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by compulsion; effected by force; as, forcible entry or abduction.
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In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust.
Swift.
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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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