forceful vs forcible vs forced : Common Errors in English

About forceful vs forcible vs forced

These words sometimes overlap, but generally “forceful” means “powerful”(“he imposed his forceful personality on the lions”) while “forcible”must be used instead to describe the use of force (“the burglar made aforcible entry into the apartment”). “Forced” is often used for thelatter purpose, but some prefer to reserve this word to describesomething that is done or decided upon as a result of outside causeswithout necessarily being violent: “a forced landing,” “a forced smile,”“forced labor.”

forceful Meaning(s)

  • (a) characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)
  • (s) forceful and definite in expression or action

forcible Meaning(s)

  • (s) impelled by physical force especially against resistance

forced Meaning(s)

  • (a) produced by or subjected to forcing
  • (s) forced or compelled
  • (s) made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency
  • (s) lacking spontaneity; not natural

forceful in News

  1. AEG Live CEO Describes Michael Jackson as 'Forceful,' 'Kind'

    AEG Live CEO describes Michael Jackson as a "forceful, kind, but determined" businessman during the civil trial the pop star's estate filed against the concert promoter.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Access Hollywood via omg!

  2. AEG Live CEO describes Michael Jackson as forceful businessman

    The head of AEG Live LLC told jurors Wednesday that he knew Michael Jackson as a sophisticated, forceful businessman and not the drugged-up performer who's been described throughout an ongoing civil trial filed over the singer's untimely death.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fox News

  3. CEO describes Jackson as forceful businessman

    The head of AEG Live LLC told jurors Wednesday that he knew Michael Jackson as a sophisticated, forceful businessman and not the drugged-up performer who's been described throughout an ongoing civil trial ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

forcible in News

  1. Job interview with DeWitt chiropractor included massage, applicant says in court papers

    Seven women accused Eli Guterman of forcible touching.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Post-Standard

  2. Sex offender has registered

    Samuel Booth was convicted of forcible sodomy April 28, 1993.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Enid News & Eagle

forced in News

  1. Helicopter makes forced landing near Morgantown

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Authorities say a pilot suffered minor cuts after his helicopter lost power and had to make a forced landing near Morgantown. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Hughes helicopter with one person on board failed to clear some...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Charleston Gazette

  2. Police officer forced to open fire on suspect

    Miami Police said an officer was forced to open fire on a suspect in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami Wednesday night. At approximately 8 p.m., near NW 17th Avenue and 3rd Street, an officer was attempting to stop a driver wanted in connection with a narcotics investigation, police said.  One witness said the driver pulled out a gun after being stopped.  "The officer was forced to fire ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Local 10 Miami

  3. Helicopter makes forced landing in Morgantown

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Federal aviation officials are investigating a helicopter that lost power and had to make a forced landing near Morgantown.The Federal Aviation Administration says the Hughes helicopter with one person on board failed to clear some ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Charleston Daily Mail

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