- to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
- to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
- to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
Origin of coerce
Examples from the Web for coerce
A fellow justice also accused McCaffery of attempting to coerce him into opposing Castille.Judges Behaving Badly: A Great American Tradition
October 30, 2014
Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe.In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming
September 23, 2014
In other instances, CIA recruiters used thinly veiled threats to coerce their cooperation.The CIA Tried Hard to Recruit Spies Among the Al Qaeda Prisoners at Gitmo
November 28, 2013
Religious liberty, Jefferson argued, denies the majority any right to coerce a dissenting minority, even one hostile to religion.Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders
September 29, 2013
His decision to coerce Netanyahu into imposing a 10-month settlement freeze was also a colossal misjudgment.The Dilemma Of An Israeli Democrat
November 2, 2012
With such a backing, he could coerce ministries at will, and remake the politics of England.The Market-Place
But he made a great mistake if he thought that he could coerce Flavia in that way.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
"Most certainly, doctor; I'd never seek to coerce you," said Cashel, smiling.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Cowper had let that wife of his coerce him into swearing my life away.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The slightest attempt to fight or coerce them will bring them up "in arms" in a moment.Palmistry for All
- (tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
Word Origin and History for coerce
mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.