coercion

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noun co·er·cion \-ˈər-zhən, -shən\

Definition of coercion

  1. :  the act, process, or power of coercing <They used coercion to obtain the confession.>

Examples of coercion in a sentence

  1. <a promise obtained by coercion is never binding>

Origin and Etymology of coercion

see coerce


First Known Use: 15th century


Law Dictionary

coercion

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noun co·er·cion \kō-ˈər-zhən, -shən\

Legal Definition of coercion

  1. :  the use of express or implied threats of violence or reprisal (as discharge from employment) or other intimidating behavior that puts a person in immediate fear of the consequences in order to compel that person to act against his or her will; also :  the defense that one acted under coercion — see also defense, duress — compare undue influence



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