- 1Threats, violence, constraints, or other action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will or better judgement: confessions extracted under duressMore example sentences
- The resignation of the President is not constitutional because he did that under duress and threat.
- Though the church consistently backed the state under communism, it clearly did so under duress and the threat of increased persecution.
- We all know the commitments were entered into under duress, with teachers threatening to effectively shut down the system and block exams.
- 1.1 Law Constraint illegally exercised to force someone to perform an act.More example sentences
- At the end of the day, your Honours, the issue was whether or not a person who is not an employee can bring proceedings for the contravention of statutory duress.
- My wife was forced under extreme duress to sign consent orders which are not in the best interests of the children.
- Today there is much overlap with the common law principle of duress as this principle has subsequently been developed.
- 1.2 • archaic Forcible restraint or imprisonment.More example sentences
- At the very least, they have been held for months in solitary confinement - treatment that constitutes a form of psychological duress and is thus prohibited under the Geneva Conventions.
Middle English (in the sense 'harshness, severity, cruel treatment'): via Old French from Latin duritia, from durus 'hard'.