co·​er·​cive | \ kō-ˈər-siv How to pronounce coercive (audio) \

Definition of coercive

: serving or intended to coerce coercive power coercive measures

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Other Words from coercive

coercively adverb
coerciveness noun

Examples of coercive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This coercive cultural turn threatens to devour what remains of America’s civic comity and push durable social progress on race and politics out of reach. ... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "America’s Jacobin Moment," 22 June 2020 Attorneys involved from the point of arrest can ensure their clients aren't subjected to coercive interrogation and negotiate with law enforcement for their surrender, when appropriate. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit program can match public defenders and clients before arrest," 19 June 2020 Obviously, this is beyond invasive, coercive, and inappropriate. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "T.I.’s Daughter Deyjah Opens Up About Her Father Attending Gynecologist Appointments With Her," 17 June 2020 In the meantime, coercive control became an offense in England and Wales, and new evidence provided by psychiatrists showed that Challen had been subjected to it, which led to the quashing of her initial sentence. Elian Peltier,, "Abused woman who killed husband is granted the family’s UK estate," 1 June 2020 The letter claims Communist China is funding the institutes to enact coercive measures within American colleges and universities and brands them a threat to educational freedom. Fox News, "College Republicans, Democrats groups both call for closures of Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes," 3 June 2020 All the talk of national wealth, which is presented as the meaning and vindication of America, has been simultaneous with a coercive atmosphere of scarcity. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, "What Kind of Country Do We Want?," 27 May 2020 Beijing will try to punish any country that sails with the U.S., but that will underscore the coercive nature of its plans. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "China’s Military Escalation," 4 June 2018 The Center for New American Security, another think tank based in D.C., has been conducting similar research on coercive economic measures used in the relationship between the China and the United States. Fox News, "China promoting US lockdown protests, spreading coronavirus misinformation online: report," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of coercive

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coercive

coerce +_ -ive

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29 Jun 2020

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“Coercive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coercive

formal : using force or threats to make someone do something : using coercion


co·​er·​cive | \ kō-ˈər-siv How to pronounce coercive (audio) \

Legal Definition of coercive

1 : serving or intended to coerce
2 : resulting from coercion to protect women from coercive intimacy— Kimberle Crenshaw

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