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coercive Syllabification: co·er·cive
Pronunciation: /kōˈərsiv/

Definition of coercive in English:


Relating to or using force or threats: coercive measures
More example sentences
  • The Commonwealth has no military force, or coercive power apart from suspension and expulsion.
  • Welfare recipients are to face new coercive measures to force them into workfare or to accept cheap labor jobs.
  • He is the leading advocate of the superiority of voluntary or spontaneous forces over coercive ones.


Example sentences
  • If it becomes very powerful, we're going to find that it may use its power either directly or coercively.
  • There are only two ways of getting what you want from others: voluntarily or coercively.
  • These technologies can be used coercively in a way polygraphs, for example, can't.
Pronunciation: /kōˈərsivnəs/
Example sentences
  • Like laugh tracks, they cue our emotional responses, but they also disguise their coerciveness by making us feel included.
  • Coerciveness has long been used for social control in rituals such as union blackballing, college hazing, excommunication and corporal punishment.
  • Essentially, these are influence tools of differing coerciveness.

Words that rhyme with coercive

cursive, excursive, subversive
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