from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. By necessity; by force of circumstance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. By force.
- adv. Necessarily.
- v. To force; to compel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. By force; of necessary; at any rate.
- transitive v. To force; to compel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- By force or violence; of necessity.
- To force; constrain; compel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. by necessity; by force of circumstance
Middle English par force, from Old French : par, by (from Latin per; see per) + force, force; see force.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English par force, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French par force ("by force") (Wiktionary)