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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceverb

    to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"

    "He squeezed her for information"


  1. coerceverb

    To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.

  2. coerceverb

    to use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in attempt to compel one to act against his will.

  3. coerceverb

    to force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.

  4. Etymology: From coercere, from co- + arcere; see arcade, arcane, ark.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COERCEverb

    To restrain; to keep in order by force.

    Etymology: coerceo, Latin.

    Punishments are manifold, that they may coerce this profligate sort. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. coerce

    Coercion () is compelling a party to act in an involuntary manner by the use of threats, including threats to use force against a party. It involves a set of forceful actions which violate the free will of an individual in order to induce a desired response. These actions may include extortion, blackmail, or even torture and sexual assault. For example, a bully may demand lunch money from a student where refusal results in the student getting beaten. In common law systems, the act of violating a law while under coercion is codified as a duress crime. Coercion can be used as leverage to force the victim to act in a way contrary to their own interests. Coercion can involve not only the infliction of bodily harm, but also psychological abuse (the latter intended to enhance the perceived credibility of the threat). The threat of further harm may also lead to the acquiescence of the person being coerced. The concepts of coercion and persuasion are similar, but various factors distinguish the two. These include the intent, the willingness to cause harm, the result of the interaction, and the options available to the coerced party.: 126 John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, Ronald Dworkin, and other political authors argue that the state is coercive.: 28  Max Weber defined a state as "a community which has a monopoly on the legitimate use of force." Morris argues that the state can operate through incentives rather than coercion.: 42  In healthcare, informal coercion may be used to make a patient adhere to a doctor's treatment plan. Under certain circumstances, physical coercion is used to treat a patient involuntarily.


  1. coerce

    To coerce means to compel or force someone to do something by using threats, intimidation, pressure, or some other form of psychological manipulation. It involves the removal of free will, choice, or consent, and it often includes the abused feeling afraid or uncomfortable due to the imbalance of power.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coerceverb

    to restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb

  2. Coerceverb

    to compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man to vote for a certain candidate

  3. Coerceverb

    to compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coerce

    kō-ėrs′, v.t. to restrain by force: to compel.—adj. Coer′cible.—adv. Coer′cibly.—ns. Coer′cion, restraint: government by force; Coer′cionist.—adj. Coer′cive, having power to coerce: compelling.—adv. Coer′cively.—n. Coer′civeness. [L. coercēreco-, together, arcēre, to shut in.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coerce in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coerce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of coerce in a Sentence

  1. The FBI:

    They coerce victims to pay a quick ransom before the scheme falls apart.

  2. Chiao Chun:

    The visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan has given Mainland China another chance to coerce Taiwan economically.

  3. Stan Shaw:

    Defacing it by taking the arms off or anything of that nature -- it's just a slap in the face for World War I veterans, i don't see how a static cross can coerce anybody into a state religion.

  4. Geoffrey Berman:

    Beginning when she was just a college student, Ray sexually groomed this victim, collecting sexually explicit photographs and other personal information he then used to coerce her into engaging in commercial sex acts, ray tied this victim to a chair, placed a plastic bag over her head and almost suffocated her.

  5. Amy Schumer:

    If you have a doctor that makes you uncomfortable, or you get a massage, or you have a date with someone and they coerce you in a situation like the Aziz one, I don’t think there’s any sort of criminal charge, but I think that it’s good for everybody to learn that that behavior’s not acceptable, it’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman.

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