noun du·ress \d-ˈres also dy-\

: force or threats meant to make someone do something

Full Definition of DURESS

:  forcible restraint or restriction
:  compulsion by threat; specifically :  unlawful constraint

Examples of DURESS

  1. He gave the information under duress.
  2. <complied with the order only under duress>

Origin of DURESS

Middle English duresse, from Anglo-French duresce hardness, severity, from Latin duritia, from durus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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