coercive force


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, "What Good Is ‘Community’ When Someone Else Makes All the Rules?," 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, "Libertarian Think Tank Let Boss Sexually Harass Workers," 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, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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