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coerce

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verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.
  1. to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
  2. to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
  3. to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.

Origin of coerce

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin coercēre to hold in, restrain, equivalent to co- co- + -ercēre, combining form of arcēre to keep in, keep away, akin to arca ark
Related formsco·erc·er, nounco·er·ci·ble, adjectivenon·co·er·ci·ble, adjectiveun·co·erced, adjective
Can be confusedcoerce compel constrain force oblige
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  • He was very tall and very thin, energetic but not strong, very clever, but with less application than an uncoerced camel.

    Aladdin O'Brien

    Gouverneur Morris


British Dictionary definitions for uncoerced

coerce

verb
  1. (tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
Derived Formscoercer, nouncoercible, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin coercēre to confine, restrain, from co- together + arcēre to enclose
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Word Origin and History for uncoerced

coerce

v.

mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.

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