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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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British Dictionary definitions for coercionary

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 coercionary

coercion

n.

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).

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