Simple Definition of duress
: force or threats meant to make someone do something
Full Definition of duress
1 : forcible restraint or restriction
2 : compulsion by threat; specifically : unlawful constraint
Examples of duress
He gave the information under duress.
<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
Rhymes with duress
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