Definition of coerce
1 : to restrain or dominate by force religion in the past has tried to coerce the irreligious — W. R. Inge
2 : to compel to an act or choice was coerced into agreeing abusers who coerce their victims into silence
3 : to achieve by force or threat coerce compliance coerce obedience
coercibleplay \-ˈər-sə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of coerce in a sentence
A confession was coerced from the suspect by police.
was coerced into signing the document
Recent Examples of coerce from the web
Others have shown up for parliamentary races standing next to a political nobody who was bribed or coerced into running against them, to make the race look fair.
That has left Jackson to figure out how to shop Anthony to other teams for something the Knicks can claim as a victory, while also trying to persuade — or coerce — Anthony to accept such a deal.
The men later were released when DNA evidence proved their innocence and when independent investigations proved that their confessions had been coerced.
Others were coerced or duped into fighting, say human rights groups.
And what dictators are not already able to coerce you or Apple to unlock your phone?
Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the future.
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Origin and Etymology of coerce
Middle English cohercen, from Anglo-French *cohercer Latin coercēre, from co- + arcēre to shut up, enclose — more at ark
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of coerce
COERCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coerce for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) do something by using force or threats
: to get (something) by using force or threats
COERCE Defined for Kids
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