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[koh-ur-siv] /koʊˈɜr sɪv/
serving or tending to coerce.
Origin of coercive
First recorded in 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. 2017.
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  • There is no coerciveness about it, and each can invent his own hypothesis.

    Psychical Miscellanea J. Arthur Hill
  • In war-time, pugnacity, partisanship, coerciveness can find full satisfaction in the fight against the enemy.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • It is sufficient here to deal with her coerciveness, and recall the epithet “child-queller” which Dickens applied to her.

    Dickens As an Educator

    James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
Word Origin and History for coerciveness



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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