uncoerced

adjective

un·​co·​erced ˌən-kō-ˈərst How to pronounce uncoerced (audio)
: not obtained, compelled, or achieved by threat or force : not coerced
… a former FBI special agent who obtained uncoerced confessions from two of the most high-profile terrorists in recent American history.Peter Bergen
But can men, whose interests are diverse, ever hope to live together in a harmony uncoerced?Herman Melville

Examples of uncoerced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The great irony in Michael Flynn’s statement and in the arguments for Christian nationalism is that religion has flourished in America as nowhere else precisely because faith is uncoerced. Seth Liss, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 It’s all leading questions or George’s uncoerced and truthful answers. James Ellroy, Vanities, 7 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncoerced was circa 1792

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“Uncoerced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncoerced. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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