Definition of coercion
: the act, process, or power of coercing They used coercion to obtain the confession.
Examples of coercion in a sentence
a promise obtained by coercion is never binding
Origin and Etymology of coercion
First Known Use: 15th century
Legal Definition of coercion
: 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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