- 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
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Examples from the Web for non-coercion
Non-coercion would avert civil war, and compromise crush out both abolitionism and secession.
The non-coercion doctrine had been adopted as early as November 20, in the Attorney-General's opinion of that date.Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2
John George Nicolay and John Hay
- the act or power of coercing
- government by force
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Word Origin and History for non-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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