forceful




Something forceful is strong and firm. A politician’s forceful speech is self-assured and energetic, and it makes the audience sit up and take notice.

One meaning of forceful is all about physical strength: “The forceful throw carried the football past the goalposts.” Another way to be forceful is to be emphatic or vehement: “The child’s forceful refusal to go to bed could not be ignored by the sleepy babysitter.” Forceful literally means “full of force,” and force comes from the Latin fortis, “strong, firm, or steadfast.”

Definitions of forceful
  1. adjective

    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”
    Synonyms:

    bruising

    brutally forceful and compelling
    drastic

    forceful and extreme and rigorous
    emphatic, exclamatory

    sudden and strong
    firm, strong

    strong and sure
    forcible, physical, strong-arm

    impelled by physical force especially against resistance
    impellent

    forcing forward or onward; impelling
    impetuous

    marked by violent force
    sharp

    quick and forceful
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    Antonyms:

    forceless, unforceful

    lacking force; feeble
    wimpish, wimpy

    weak and ineffectual
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  2. adjective

    forceful and definite in expression or action

    synonyms:
    emphatic

    assertive, self-asserting, self-assertive

    aggressively self-assured

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