Definition of coerce in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəʊˈəːs/


[with object]
1Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats: he was coerced into giving evidence
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.
pressure, pressurize, bring pressure to bear on, use pressure on, put pressure on, constrain, lean on, press, push;
force, compel, oblige, put under an obligation, browbeat, brainwash, bludgeon, bully, threaten, prevail on, work on, act on, influence, intimidate, dragoon, twist someone's arm, strong-arm;
North American  blackjack
informal bulldoze, railroad, squeeze, put the screws/squeeze on
British informal bounce
North American informal hustle, fast-talk
1.1Obtain (something) from someone 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.



Example sentences
  • Like any confidence man, the coercer can only exploit a weakness that we refuse to confront directly, ourselves.
  • If he had been lured or coerced from his house, all traces of the coercer were now apparently obliterated.
  • The coercers of the forced girls in this study kept them in control with violence, deception, indebtedness, and affection.


Pronunciation: /kəʊˈəːsəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • A person already in jail is not shocked and coercible as someone newly arrested might be.
  • There can surely no longer be any justification for a law that treats wives as being more coercible than unmarried women.
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with coerce

amerce, asperse, averse, biodiverse, burse, converse, curse, diverse, Erse, hearse, immerse, intersperse, nurse, perse, perverse, purse, reimburse, submerse, terce, terse, transverse, verse, worse

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