Definition of forceful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːsfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrsfl//
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  1. 1(of people) expressing opinions firmly and clearly in a way that persuades other people to believe them synonym assertive a forceful woman/speaker a forceful personality
  2. 2(of opinions, etc.) expressed firmly and clearly so that other people believe them a forceful argument/speech
  3. 3using force the forceful suppression of minorities
  4. Word Familyforce noun verbforceful adjectiveforcefully adverbforced adjective (unforced)forcible adjectiveforcibly adverbenforce verbExtra examples He was never afraid to speak his mind in a forceful manner. His mother was a forceful character and had a big influence on him. Let us look at some of the most forceful arguments against this system. She had become even more forceful, direct and outspoken. That argument has been very forceful in many countries for the past few years. The minister launched a forceful defence of the policy.
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