Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for coerciveness
Historical Examples
  • There is no coerciveness about it, and each can invent his own hypothesis.

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

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for coercive

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for coerciveness

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for coerciveness