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 \kō-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
When a study came out in 2007 showing that male chimpanzees sometimes sexually coerce females—assaulting and chasing them as a kind of violent, bullying courtship—Huchard and her colleagues wondered whether baboons behaved similarly.
A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey’s conviction in August 2016, finding his confession was coerced.
Dassey later recanted, claiming his confession had been coerced.
A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction.
The president once argued that China was more than capable of coercing North Korea into abandoning its nuclear program and belligerent behavior — if Beijing only wanted to.
Levandowski's lawyers argued in court that the order went too far in commanding Uber to do everything in its power to coerce the company's employee.
Our goal was to coerce the Russian government to cease its destabilizing behavior in the region and later to support the cease-fire and peace process.
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Origin and Etymology of coerce
Middle English coarcen, coercen, borrowed from Anglo-French *cohercer, borrowed (with conjugation change) from Latin coercēre “to confine, shut up, restrict, restrain,” from co- co- + arcēre “to hold in, prevent from approaching, keep away” — more at ark
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of coerce
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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
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