What does coercion mean?

Definitions for coercionkoʊˈɜr ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coercion(noun)

    the act of compelling by force of authority

  2. compulsion, coercion(noun)

    using force to cause something to occur

    "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion"


  1. coercion(Noun)

    Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.

  2. coercion(Noun)

    Use of physical or moral force to compel a person to do something, or to abstain from doing something, thereby depriving that person of the exercise of free will.

  3. coercion(Noun)

    A specific instance of coercing.

  4. coercion(Noun)

    Conversion of a value of one data type to a value of another data type.

  5. Origin: From coercitio ("magesterial coercion"), from coercere, past participle coercitus, from cum + arceo ("to shut in, enclose"); see coerce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coercion(noun)

    the act or process of coercing

  2. Coercion(noun)

    the application to another of either physical or moral force. When the force is physical, and cannot be resisted, then the act produced by it is a nullity, so far as concerns the party coerced. When the force is moral, then the act, though voidable, is imputable to the party doing it, unless he be so paralyzed by terror as to act convulsively. At the same time coercion is not negatived by the fact of submission under force. "Coactus volui" (I consented under compulsion) is the condition of mind which, when there is volition forced by coercion, annuls the result of such coercion

  3. Origin: [L. coercio, fr. coercere. See Coerce.]


  1. Coercion

    Coercion is the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats or intimidation or some other form of pressure or force, and describes a set of various different similar types of forceful actions that violate the free will of an individual to induce a desired response. These actions can include, but are not limited to, extortion, blackmail, torture, and threats to induce favors. In law, coercion is codified as a duress crime. Such actions are used as leverage, to force the victim to act in a way contrary to their own interests. Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Coercion

    The use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coercion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coercion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leela Samson:

    There is interference, there is coercion.

  2. Author Unknown:

    People are changed, not by coercion or intimidation, but by example.

  3. Michael Green:

    (It would) also be helpful to other partners dealing with vulnerabilities from natural disasters to encroachment and coercion by large maritime claimants.

  4. John Kline:

    Instead of advancing a plan to help stop union intimidation and coercion, the board is making it easier for labor bosses to harass employees and their families.

  5. Federica Mogherini:

    We oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion, force or any unilateral actions which would cause further friction.

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