force

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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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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How to Cite the Definition of Force

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “force.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (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 18, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/force/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“force.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/force/>.