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Entry Word: force
Function: noun
Text: 1 a body of persons at work or available for work <the nation's labor force>
Synonyms help, manpower, personnel, pool, staff
Related Words labor, proletariat, rank and file; band, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, team; employee, helper, hireling, worker
2 the use of power to impose one's will on another <a cruel tyrant who disbanded the parliament and ruled by force>
Synonyms coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, pressure
Related Words browbeating, bulldozing, bullying; fear, intimidation, menace, sword, terror, terrorism, threat, violence; might, muscle, strength; hardheadedness, self-will, willfulness; strain, stress
Near Antonyms agreement, approval, consent, permission; persuasion, reason
3 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task <got through the college board exams by sheer force of will> -- see POWER 2
4 the capacity to persuade <surely you were influenced by the force of his arguments?> -- see COGENCY 1
5 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect <felt the full force of her denunciation of war as a moral option> -- see 1PUNCH 1
6 the use of brute strength to cause harm to a person or property <threatened to resort to force if he wouldn't listen to reason> -- see VIOLENCE