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[koh-ur-siv] /koʊˈɜr sɪv/
serving or tending to coerce.
Origin of coercive
1590-1600; coerce + -ive
Related forms
coercively, adverb
coerciveness, noun
noncoercive, adjective
noncoercively, adverb
noncoerciveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But there are also more coercive measures reportedly under consideration.
  • Using the coercive power of the state will not help the medically needy find efficient and effective care.
  • The drawback of such plans is that they often seem coercive.
  • It is alleged that they were hounded to their deaths by lenders' coercive recovery practices.
  • Democracy was restored and coercive population policies were abandoned.
  • Setting standards for that field is neither imperialistic nor coercive.
  • The evolution of languages around the globe today is spontaneous, cutting against the state's coercive power.
  • Parents must understand that coercive teaching cannot make learning happen.
  • Such coercive labelling is a first step towards discrimination or worse.
  • Examples of applied mathematics are critical, but to gear education toward any outcome is coercive and damaging.
Word Origin and History for coercive

c.1600, from coerce + -ive. Form coercitive (attested from 1630s) is more true to Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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