Simple Definition of coerce
: to make (someone) do something by using force or threats
: to get (something) by using force or threats
Full Definition of coerce
1 : to restrain or dominate by force <religion in the past has tried to coerce the irreligious — W. R. Inge>
2 : to compel to an act or choice <was coerced into agreeing>
3 : to achieve by force or threat <coerce compliance>
Examples of coerce
A confession was coerced from the suspect by police.
<was coerced into signing the document>
Origin of coerce
Middle English cohercen, from Anglo-French *cohercer Latin coercēre, from co- + arcēre to shut up, enclose — more at ark
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of coerce
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