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[koh-ur-shuh n] /koʊˈɜr ʃən/
the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.
Origin of coercion
1515-25; < Medieval Latin coerciōn- (stem of coerciō), Latin coerctiōn-, syncopated variant of coercitiōn-, equivalent to coercit(us) (past participle of coercēre to coerce) + -iōn- -ion; replacing late Middle English cohercion < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
coercionary, adjective
coercionist, noun
noncoercion, noun
procoercion, adjective Unabridged
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  • The policy of the opposition was coercion, while that of the government was autonomy.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • coercion first annihilates the understanding of its victim, and then of him who adopts it.

  • "It was a bargain of coercion, Monsieur," she answered attempting to brazen it out.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • I wouldn't be surprised if he wouldn't bring in a coercion bill at any minute.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I told you the means of coercion in my power, and pledged myself to use them.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for coercion


the act or power of coercing
government by force
Derived Forms
coercionist, noun
coercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv) adjective
coercively, adverb
coerciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coercion

early 15c., from Old French cohercion (Modern French coercion), from Medieval Latin coercionem, from Latin coerctionem, earlier coercitionem, noun of action from past participle stem of coercere (see coerce).

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