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coercive

[koh-ur-siv] /koʊˈɜr sɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to coerce.
Origin of coercive
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; coerce + -ive
Related forms
coercively, adverb
coerciveness, noun
noncoercive, adjective
noncoercively, adverb
noncoerciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coercive
adj.

c.1600, from coerce + -ive. Form coercitive (attested from 1630s) is more true to Latin.

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