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coaction1

[koh-ak-shuh n]
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noun
  1. force or compulsion, either in restraining or in impelling.

Origin of coaction1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin coāctiōn- (stem of coactiō), equivalent to coāct(us) (past participle of cōgere; see cogent, co-, act) + -iōn- -ion

coaction2

[koh-ak-shuh n]
noun
  1. joint action.
  2. Ecology. any interaction among organisms within a community.

Origin of coaction2

First recorded in 1615–25; co- + action
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Historical Examples

  • And this I haue here promised and sworne, procéedeth of mine owne desire and frée voluntée, and by no constraining or coaction.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (3 of 9)

    Raphael Holinshed


British Dictionary definitions for coaction

coaction1

noun
  1. any relationship between organisms within a community
  2. joint action
Derived Formscoactive, adjectivecoactively, adverbcoactivity, noun

Word Origin

C17: co- + action

coaction2

noun
  1. obsolete a force or compulsion, either to compel or restrain

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin coāctiō, from Latin cōgere to constrain, compel
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