Forcible entry and detainer


Forcible entry and detainer
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. [1913 Webster]

How forcible are right words! --Job. vi. 2?. [1913 Webster]

Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

But I have reasons strong and forcible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That punishment which hath been sometimes forcible to bridle sin. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

He is at once elegant and sublime, forcible and ornamented. --Lowth (Transl. ) [1913 Webster]

2. Violent; impetuous. [1913 Webster]

Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. Using force against opposition or resistance; obtained by compulsion; effected by force; as, forcible entry or abduction. [1913 Webster]

In embraces of King James . . . forcible and unjust. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.