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coerce

Syllabification: co·erce
Pronunciation: /kōˈərs
 
/

Definition of coerce in English:

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
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

1
adjective
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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