Definition of coerce in English:

coerce

Syllabification: co·erce
Pronunciation: /kōˈərs
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats: they were coerced into silence
More example sentences
  • Once she is coerced into signing adoption papers, she's bundled out of the way and into the convent to save her parents further humiliation.
  • His client still insists that she was coerced into committing the blackmail offences by her co-defendant.
  • Despite repeated warnings from the police and the relatives about not letting strangers in she was just coerced into it.
Synonyms
pressure, pressurize, press, push, constrain; force, compel, oblige, browbeat, bludgeon, bully, threaten, intimidate, dragoon, twist someone's arm
informal railroad, squeeze, lean on
1.1Obtain (something) by using force or threats: their confessions were allegedly coerced by torture
More example sentences
  • Those detained face beatings and other forms of torture, aimed at coercing confessions or information about rebel forces.
  • So I guess I can rule out the possibility of coercing a drunken confession about how much you love me?
  • The alleged intention was to coerce privatisation of the national oil company into the hands of the foreign investor group.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin coercere 'restrain', from co- 'jointly, together' + arcere 'restrain'.

Derivatives

coercible

adjective
More example sentences
  • When one is weak and the other strong, when one is coercible by virtue of this weakness and the other holds all the cards, competition inevitably becomes exploitation.
  • There can surely no longer be any justification for a law that treats wives as being more coercible than unmarried women.
  • A person already in jail is not shocked and coercible as someone newly arrested might be.

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