Definitions for duressdʊˈrɛs, dyʊ-, ˈdʊər ɪs, ˈdyʊər-
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du•ressdʊˈrɛs, dyʊ-, ˈdʊər ɪs, ˈdyʊər-(n.)
compulsion by threat or force.
constraint or coercion of a degree sufficient to void any legal agreement entered into or any act performed under its influence.
forcible restraint, esp. imprisonment.
Origin of duress:
1275–1325; ME duresse < MF duresse, -esce, -ece < L dūritia hardness, harshness, oppression
compulsory force or threat
"confessed under duress"
Constraint by threat.
To put under duress; to pressure.
Origin: duresse, from duritia, from durus
hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty
the state of compulsion or necessity in which a person is influenced, whether by the unlawful restrain of his liberty or by actual or threatened physical violence, to incur a civil liability or to commit an offense
to subject to duress