a forceful advocate

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Does "forceful" here mean "making things by force"? It sounds not so much a praise to me. "Powerful" may be better. Simply a guess.

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BACOW:<...........> Drew has managed with incredible grace to bring Harvard together. We talk about “One Harvard,” but it’s the way in which she has engaged people that I will try to emulate. She’s been a wonderful listener, which is important for any president. But she’s also been a forceful advocate internally for a set of principles and values.<....................>

-By Colleen Walsh Harvard Staff Writer

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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Forceful -> full of force -> dedicated, determined, and insistent. Powerful is close to the meaning, but forceful emphasises her dogged approach.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "Powerful" is a reasonable approximation - the unfortunate thing is that there are very, very few true synonyms in English.
     
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