coercive force

noun

Definition of coercive force

: the opposing magnetic intensity that must be applied to a magnetized material to remove the residual magnetism

Examples of coercive force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But their promise of community masks a whole other layer of control — an organizing, siphoning, coercive force with its own private purposes. Carina Chocano, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2018 More broadly, libertarians fail to grapple with the reality that, for most individuals in an advanced society, the most coercive force in day-to-day life isn’t the state, but the boss. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, 8 Feb. 2018 But by turning the state’s secret and coercive forces actively outward, the Bolsheviks invented something new under the sun for Russia. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of coercive force

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Coercive force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coercive%20force. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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