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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 forc·ible /ˈforsəbəl, ˈfɔr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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