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coercive

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adjective co·er·cive \-ˈər-siv\

Simple Definition of coercive

  • : using force or threats to make someone do something : using coercion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coercive

  1. :  serving or intended to coerce <coercive power> <coercive measures>

coercively adverb
coerciveness noun

Circa 1600

First Known Use of coercive

circa 1600


Law Dictionary

coercive

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adjective co·er·cive \kō-ˈər-siv\

Legal Definition of coercive

  1. 1 :  serving or intended to coerce

  2. 2 :  resulting from coercion <to protect women from coercive intimacy — Kimberle Crenshaw>





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