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Synonyms of 'forceful'

(adjective) 
Definition
strong, emphatic, and confident
He was a man of forceful character.
Synonyms
dynamic
He seemed a dynamic and energetic leader.
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powerful
a big, powerful man
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vigorous
The choir and orchestra gave a vigorous performance of Haydn's oratorio.
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potent
The treatment is extremely potent, but can have unpleasant side-effects.
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assertive
an assertive style of management
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
effective
This is a forceful argument for joining them.
Synonyms
powerful
a powerful drama about a corrupt city leader
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strong
There will be a strong incentive to enter into negotiations.
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convincing
Scientists say there is no convincing evidence for this theory.
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effective
You can't make an effective argument if all you do is stridently voice your opinion.
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compelling
He puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.
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persuasive
a persuasive argument against reform
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pithy
a pithy comment
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cogent
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
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telling
How a man shaves is a telling clue to his age.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of assertive
Definition
confident and direct in dealing with others
an assertive style of management
Synonyms
can-do (informal),
feisty (informal),
pushy (informal),
in-your-face (British, slang),
carnivorous (informal)
in the sense of cogent
Definition
forcefully convincing
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
in the sense of compelling
Definition
convincing
He puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.

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