forced [fawrst, fohrst] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- enforced or compulsory: forced labor.
- strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
- subjected to force.
- required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane.
Origin of forced First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2 Related formsforc·ed·ly [fawr-sid-lee, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sɪd li, ˈfoʊr-/, adverbforc·ed·ness, nounqua·si-forced, adjectiveun·forced, adjectiveun·forc·ed·ly, adverb Examples from the Web for forcedly Historical Examples of forcedly
I am well in health, spite of the forcedly sedentary life I lead.
“No doubt she was glad of an excuse,” laughed Jerry forcedly.
Marjorie Benton Cooke
“Howdy, Mr. Mark,” the visiting neighbor answered in response to his forcedly cordial greeting.
Maria Thompson Daviess
All their plans of life together, of peaceful joy, and settling down, was forcedly put off till the fisherman’s return.
Then he was out of sight, and she became conscious that the weary footman, forcedly polite, was holding the door open for her.
British Dictionary definitions for forcedly forced adjective
- done because of force; compulsoryforced labour
- false or unnaturala forced smile
- due to an emergency or necessitya forced landing
- physics caused by an external agencya forced vibration; a forced draught
Derived Formsforcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbforcedness, noun Word Origin and History for forcedly forced adj.
“not spontaneous or voluntary,” 1570s, past participle adjective from force (v.). The flier’s forced landing attested by 1917.