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force (social force)

Definitions of Force

  1. (noun) Anything with the authority or power to coerce or influence an individual, place or thing (object).
  2. (noun) An individual or group processing or exercising authority, influence, or power.
  3. (noun) A group of people engaged in an activity.

Examples of Force

Force Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: force

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /fɔ(ə)rs/
  • British English – /fɔːs/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: forces
  • Type: personified supernatural force
  • A (noun) forcer (verb) forces a person, place, thing (object) (adverb) forcefully using (adjective) forcible or (adjective) forceful methods.

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Works Consulted

Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2011. Sociology: The Core. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.

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Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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Cite the Definition of Force

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “force.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/force/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

force. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/force/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “force.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/force/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“force.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/force/>.