under compulsion

idiom

: as a result of being forced
He was acting under compulsion.

Examples of under compulsion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both the sirens and Proteus know much, if not all, that has happened upon the face of the earth, but whereas the sirens sing their song unbidden while taking the hearer’s life in return, Proteus under compulsion tells the hearer the proper animal sacrifice to offer to propitiate the gods. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2021 The magazine Down To Earth reported several doctors in the country have admitted to prescribing the drug under compulsion, peer pressure or on patient’s demand, resulting in overuse at hospitals. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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“Under compulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20compulsion. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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