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Synonyms and Antonyms of compulsion

  1. the use of power to impose one's will on another <in that class I read books under compulsion that I ordinarily wouldn't have considered> Synonyms arm-twisting, coercion, force, constraint, duress, pressureRelated Words browbeating, bulldozing, bullying; fear, intimidation, menace, sword, terror, terrorism, threat, violence; squeeze, squeeze play; might, muscle, potency, puissance, strength; hardheadedness, self-will, willfulness; strain, stressNear Antonyms agreement, approval, consent, permission; convincing, persuasion, reason, suasion

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