verb (used with object), coerced, coercing.
to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin coercēre to hold in, restrain, equivalent to co- co- + -ercēre, combining form of arcēre to keep in, keep away, akin to arca ark

coercer, noun
coercible, adjective
noncoercible, adjective
uncoerced, adjective

coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige). Unabridged
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coerce (kəʊˈɜːs)
(tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
[C17: from Latin coercēre to confine, restrain, from co- together + arcēre to enclose]

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Word Origin & History

c.1451, from M.Fr. cohercer, from L. coercere "to control, restrain," from com- "together" + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane).
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Example sentences
Power is pulling strings, leveraging economics and using coercing to influence decision making.
It had no reserves of power, no means of coercing the unreasonable rebel.
It is the bishops who are coercing their will on the faithful.
She accuses her husband of coercing her to sign it by preying on her fears of being divorced and childless.
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