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coercion

[koh-ur-shuh n] /koʊˈɜr ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
2.
force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.
Origin
1515-1525
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
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Examples 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

coercion

/kəʊˈɜːʃən/
noun
1.
the act or power of coercing
2.
government by force
Derived Forms
coercionist, noun
coercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv) adjective
coercively, adverb
coerciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coercion
coercion
from O.Fr. cohercion (Mod.Fr. coercion), from M.L. coercionem, from L. coerctionem, earlier coercitionem, from pp. 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 http://foldoc.org
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