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
Fifth, Congress can enact a law further restricting its ability to coerce states into adopting federal policies or commanding state officials to carry them out.
A postcard, published by Banforth & Co., shows a suffragette coercing the man next to her to support the cause.
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.
Swinney, who became the Clemson head coach in 2008, wears his faith on his sleeve and has been accused of coercing his team to wear it as part of its spiritual armor.
In addition, this organization does not tolerate conduct from any employee that may impact, threaten or coerce another employee, a customer, or a member of the public at any time including off-duty hours.
Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the future.
The only reason to drag this case out, and to engage in the conduct that Colonel Lind described, was to coerce him into implicating other people.
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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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