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
TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man accused of coercing a 13-year-old girl to send him explicit pictures has pleaded guilty to manufacturing child pornography.
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.
Republicans in 2011 managed to coerce Obama into accepting about $2 trillion in deficit cuts as a condition for increasing the debt limit -- though lawmakers have since rolled back some of those cuts.
Prosecutors often use the threat of minimum mandatory sentences to coerce people into accepting a plea deal even if their use of force was justified, said Stacy Scott, a public defender in Gainesville.
Charles Kushner had arranged to secretly videotape his brother-in-law meeting with a prostitute, allegedly hoping to coerce relatives to stop cooperating with federal authorities.
There was an edge to playing a second time, because we’d been coerced.
As many as 200,000 women from Korea and other countries were reportedly coerced into becoming comfort women.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of coerce
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
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