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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 such is the coercive power of gold, albeit in the abstract, that this tenuous vision of wealth had its fascination.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The first is a coercive, the second a voluntary, organization.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • It was not intended as a coercive act, but was so considered in the colonies.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • But they were under no coercive authority, and were even permitted to marry.

  • Any dictatorship, whether of a single man, a group or class, must rest ultimately upon oppressive and coercive force.

    Bolshevism John Spargo
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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