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duress

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noun du·ress \du̇-ˈres also dyu̇-\

Simple Definition of duress

  • : force or threats meant to make someone do something

Full Definition of duress

  1. 1 :  forcible restraint or restriction

  2. 2 :  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



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