verb co·erce \kō-ˈərs\

: to make (someone) do something by using force or threats

: to get (something) by using force or threats


Full Definition of COERCE

transitive verb
:  to restrain or dominate by force <religion in the past has tried to coerce the irreligious — W. R. Inge>
:  to compel to an act or choice <was coerced into agreeing>
:  to achieve by force or threat <coerce compliance>
co·erc·ible \-ˈər-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of COERCE

  1. A confession was coerced from the suspect by police.
  2. <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


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