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 for forcible
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
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     2. Violent; impetuous.
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              Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.
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     3. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by
        compulsion; effected by force; as, forcible entry or
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              In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust.
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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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: impelled by physical force especially against resistance;
             "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical";
             "strong-arm tactics" [syn: forcible, physical,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "forcible":
     accented, accentuated, acid, active, acute, aggressive, animated,
     armipotent, assertive, authoritative, beefy, biting, bouncing,
     brisk, bulldozer, coercive, cogent, corrosive, cutting, decided,
     doughty, drastic, driving, dynamic, effective, emphasized,
     emphatic, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, forceful, forcy,
     full of pep, full-blooded, full-strength, go-go, gutsy, gutty,
     hale, hard, hard as nails, hardy, hearty, hefty, high-potency,
     high-powered, high-pressure, high-tension, husky, imperative,
     impetuous, impressive, in force, in power, in red letters,
     incisive, intense, iron-hard, irresistible, italicized, keen,
     kinetic, lively, living, lusty, mettlesome, mighty,
     mighty in battle, militant, mordant, nervous, nervy, obstinate,
     operative, penetrating, peppy, piercing, poignant, pointed,
     positive, potent, powerful, prepotent, puissant, punchy,
     punctuated, red-blooded, robust, robustious, rugged, ruling,
     self-assertive, sensational, severe, sinewed, sinewy, slashing,
     sledgehammer, smacking, snappy, spanking, spirited, stalwart,
     starred, steamroller, steely, stout, strapping, strenuous,
     stressed, striking, stringent, strong, strong as brandy,
     strong as strong, strong-arm, strong-willed, sturdy, take-charge,
     take-over, telling, trenchant, underlined, underscored, valid,
     vehement, vibrant, vigorous, violent, vital, vivacious, vivid,
     zestful, zesty, zippy

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