[fawrs-fuh l, fohrs-] /ˈfɔrs fəl, ˈfoʊrs-/

full of ; powerful; vigorous; effective:
a forceful plea for peace.
acting or driven with .
persuasive or effective

1570s, from force (n.) + -ful. Related: Forcefully; forcefulness.


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