1. (noun) Anything with the authority or power to coerce or influence a person, place or thing (object).
Example: Weather, a force of nature or mana, a supernatural force.
2. (noun) A person or group processing or exercising authority, influence, or power.
Example: A military force or police force.
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- 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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How to Cite the Definition of Force
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “force.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 26, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/force/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
force. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/force/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “force.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 26, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/force/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“force.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/force/>.