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[koh-ur-shuh n] /koʊˈɜr ʃən/
the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.
Origin of coercion
1515-25; < Medieval Latin coerciōn- (stem of coerciō), Latin coerctiōn-, syncopated variant of coercitiōn-, equivalent to coercit(us) (past participle of coercēre to coerce) + -iōn- -ion; replacing late Middle English cohercion < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
coercionary, adjective
coercionist, noun
noncoercion, noun
procoercion, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coercion
  • Some people say free will is being able to choose without external pressure or coercion.
  • Orangutan mating is often lengthy and can include elements of both coercion and cooperation, the researchers noted.
  • In a final act of devotion, or coercion, six people were poisoned and buried along with wine and food to take into the afterlife.
  • coercion doesn't always come in the form of domineering parents.
  • Questions of coercion and so forth are difficult to determine.
  • To me the best part of that is it can be done with free and fair markets with out government coercion.
  • What this means is that people would want this with out government coercion.
  • The only thing that will unify humanity is the abandonment of coercion as a way to get others to do what you want.
  • Yes, some units once engaged in armed coercion have de-emphasized taking direct action against insurgent bombers.
  • And in the same way, you choose between coercion and disaster.
British Dictionary definitions for coercion


the act or power of coercing
government by force
Derived Forms
coercionist, noun
coercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv) adjective
coercively, adverb
coerciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coercion

early 15c., from Old French cohercion (Modern French coercion), from Medieval Latin coercionem, from Latin coerctionem, earlier coercitionem, noun of action from past participle stem of coercere (see coerce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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coercion in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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