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coercivity

[koh-er-siv-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ ərˈsɪv ɪ ti/
noun, Electricity
1.
the magnetic intensity needed to reduce to zero the magnetic flux density of a fully magnetized magnetic specimen or to demagnetize a magnet.
Also called coercive force.
Origin of coercivity
1895-1900
1895-1900; coercive + -ity
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  • Any dictatorship, whether of a single man, a group or class, must rest ultimately upon oppressive and coercive force.

    Bolshevism John Spargo
  • The coercive force of the government has been necessary in many cases to secure their proper expansion.

    Banking William A. Scott
  • Armstrong wrote to Madison that in his opinion the coercive force of the embargo had been overrated.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • It has already been stated that the softest iron possesses a certain amount of coercive force.

  • This cynical declaration is at least a recognition that the bond of union is not merely one of coercive force.

  • Forum domesticum is distinctly good, and so is "coercive force."

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • First, they can crystallize the sentiment in favor of peace into a coercive force, for public opinion at last controls the world.

  • The sentiment noblesse oblige was once the name for the coercive force exerted on a noble by the code of his class.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • To the violence of protesting mobs was added the coercive force of the general strike.

British Dictionary definitions for coercive force

coercive force

noun
1.
a measure of the magnetization of a ferromagnetic material as expressed by the external magnetic field strength necessary to demagnetize it. Measured in amperes per metre Compare coercivity

coercivity

/ˌkəʊɜːˈsɪvɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the magnetic-field strength necessary to demagnetize a ferromagnetic material that is magnetized to saturation. It is measured in amperes per metre Compare coercive force
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coercive force in Science
coercivity
  (kō'ər-sĭv'ĭ-tē)   
The magnetic flux density needed to reduce the magnetization of a material (especially a ferromagnetic material) from complete saturation to zero. Coercivity is measured in teslas. Compare remanence.
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